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UFC eyeing Cowboys Stadium for Jones-Silva superfight?
According to a report, UFC is eyeing Cowboys Stadium for a superfight between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (left) and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. (USA TODAY Sports)
Jerry Jones has already hosted a Super Bowl and he’s getting ready for the Final Four and the first College Football Playoff championship game.
Could a UFC superfight be next on his “To Do” list?
According to a report from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, it just might be.
Meltzer reports that the UFC is eyeing Jones’ Cowboys Stadium for a superfight between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
“There is an idea floating around to try and put on the biggest show in company history at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas this fall,” Meltzer reports in the latest edition of his Wrestling Observer newsletter.
The company could use this date at Cowboys Stadium as their 20th Anniversary show. The company ran their very first show on November 12, 1993, which featured an open-weight tournament that was won by UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie.
Meltzer also reports that the company could stack this card, much like they did for UFC 100, by adding a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos as the two meet for a third time to cap their epic trilogy.
But, there are still some hurdles in the way before a fight, date and location can be set in stone.
First, Silva must defend his title against undefeated Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July. Second, Jones still needs a medical clearance from the gruesome dislocated left big toe injury he suffered in his fight last month against Chael Sonnen.
As for Velasquez and dos Santos, those two look ready to match-up when the company sets the date as both came out of UFC 160 last weekend with a win and unscathed.
This is not the first time Cowboys Stadium has flirted with hosting a megafight for the UFC.
UFC president Dana White recently stated that he tried to set-up a fight between former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko that would have been staged in Arlington, but the fight fell apart after Emelianko’s father passed away during negotiations and the fighter decided to stay retired.
White also commented on an edition of “UFC Tonight” in September that if he could set up a superfight between Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, it would have been held at Cowboys Stadium.
Maybe the third time is the charm.
“If that fight happens it will probably happen at Dallas,” White said at the time when asked about the Silva/St-Pierre fight.
Cowboys Stadium is no stranger to huge fighting events. It has been the home to two Manny Pacquiao fights since it opened in 2010. Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey in front of 50,994 on March 13, 2010. Pacquiao also scored a unanimous decision win over Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010 at the venue before 41,734.
Cowboys Stadium can seat over 100,000 for major events, and a fight of the magnitude would have a great shot at breaking the UFC’s all-time attendance record, which is currently held by UFC 129 where over 55,000 fans packed the Rogers Centre in Toronto to witness St-Pierre defend his title against Jake Shields in April 2011.