Earlier this week we reported that due to inclement weather the NFL was considering moving the Super Bowl to Saturday instead of Sunday. If you are an MMA fan, you are well aware that the UFC is hosting their annual Super Bowl weekend show on the aforementioned Saturday night. UFC 169 goes down on February 1st and features two title fights in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions respectively.
If the Super Bowl is moved to Saturday, it would obviously drastically affect viewership for the UFC event. Not only would the preliminary card suffer, but the pay per view would likely suffer as well. It is a hard sell to get casual fans to watch an entire football game and then shell out money to watch another 3 hours of fighting afterwards.
UFC president, Dana White, addressed the issue in the most recent pre-fight media scrum:
I have been seeing that. I didn’t know. I don’t keep up on that stuff. I was getting some tweets with people saying ‘what are you going to do if the game gets moved to Saturday?’.
Wow, wouldn’t that be a f***er. Ya, that would hurt. If 120 million people are watching the Super Bowl on Saturday… Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen. I’ll move my fight to Monday [laughs].
Clearly Dana and the UFC are hoping the NFL sticks with ‘Super Bowl Sunday’ and in all likelihood they will. The weather seems to be too unpredictable to switch the day of the biggest game of the season. We will update you with any further information that becomes available.