Jones-Silva and Velasquez-dos Santos III Rumored for UFC 20th Anniversary Event in Cowboys Stadium
Mixed Martial Arts fans could be in for a treat come November of 2013, as the UFC is supposedly putting the wheels in motion for what would be, if the rumors are factual, an epic event at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX.
In celebration of the promotion’s 20th Anniversary, speculation has it that the UFC would be hoping to pit UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones against the longest-reigning champion in UFC History, middleweight kingpin Anderson “The Spider Silva” in a super fight that fans have been clamoring for. In addition, the card would likely be headlined by the rubber match between UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior dos Santos.
Bloody Elbow reported the story via Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer.
“Nothing was said as far as when or where the match will take place. There is an idea floating around to try and put on the biggest show in company history at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas this fall. Several things would have to fall into place for this to happen, the key being Anderson Silva retaining the middleweight title against Chris Weidman, and not being banged up in the process. In addition, Jon Jones would have to be recovered from his own toe injury, and UFC would have to work out a deal to get the two of them to fight. Each has his own reasons, but neither has exactly clamored to fight the other. Having all those things fall into place makes this very much a longshot of actually happening.
The idea would be to have Silva vs. Jon Jones and Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at the stadium, in October, at the same time as the state fair of Texas, perhaps on 10/12 or 10/19. That much is known to be at least something talked about. With Madison Square Garden seeming more and more unlikely for November, this show could be billed as UFC 20th anniversary show, with the idea of trying to repeat the success of UFC 100.
Keep in mind that the 20th anniversary aspect of the show is something that hasn’t been discussed with me, and it’s just that the timing seems right with UFC’s first show being on November 12, 1993. Dana White had talked about plans for a 20th anniversary show in mid-November in Madison Square Garden at a time when they thought this would be the year they would be legalized in New York. Obviously such a lineup would be something that could be pushed as the biggest event in company history and rival UFC 100.”
Should this event come to fruition, it would be the biggest in UFC history with the potential to surpass the success of UFC 100, which took place in July 2009. That event held two title bouts for the UFC Welterweight and Heavyweight Championships, as well as a match-up of TUF coaches when Dan Henderson took on Michael Bisping.
What do you think, Penn Nation? Could a mega-event such as this bring the UFC to the forefront of sports once again?