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Monday, 01/27/2014, 12:00 pm

UFC 169 Will Move to Sunday if Severe Weather Shifts Super Bowl to Saturday

There has been speculation that the threat of severe weather could cause a change of date in regards to this weekend’s scheduled Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, which is set to go down Sunday Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

With that said, the UFC is already creating a game-plan so that it will not have to go head-to-head with the juggernaut that is the NFL.

Following the “UFC on FOX 10″ event this past Saturday in Chicago, UFC officials announced that if the Super Bowl were to be moved from Sunday Feb. 2, to Saturday Feb. 1, the organization would then alter the date of UFC 169 from Saturday to Sunday evening.

“We’re keeping an eye on what happens with the Super Bowl in the event of bad weather. We’re coming up with a contingency plan as a result. If and only if they move the Super Bowl to Saturday, we will move UFC 169 to Sunday,” said Dave Sholler, UFC Senior Director of Public Relations.

He continued:

“It obviously requires a lot of coordination with the venue, the fighters, and our TV production crews around the world. So, again, we will be monitoring the situation closely. We will only make the change should the Super Bowl move.”

UFC 169 is scheduled to take place Saturday February 1st at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  The event features 2 title fights, as Bantamweight champion Renan Barao defends his belt against Urijah Faber for a second time, while Featherweight champion Jose Aldo takes on surging contender Ricardo Lamas.

The current forecast for Sunday’s potential Super Bowl isn’t as bad as earlier predictions, while snow isn’t in the forecast (yet), temperatures are still expected to slip below freezing.

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4 Comments to UFC 169 Will Move to Sunday if Severe Weather Shifts Super Bowl to Saturday

  1. QuackStar says:

    This would really suck because then us fans with tickets are forced to drive in that snow and is a total inconvience because some of us can’t take off of work Sunday but bought tickets months ago.

    • magoo says:

      Good points bro, I’d be pissed too. Just go ahead as planned let the chips fall where they may. Let’s see what the ufc fan base really is! I’m Canadian and frequent Washington state a lot, it’s a beautiful place and the fan support is amazing we love the Hawks in the Pacific Northwest. That being said it would be a tough call for me, guess I don’t have to worry about it… Lol
      Faber, Lamas and the 2014 Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks any way you slice it that’s a damn good weekend!!

      • QuackStar says:

        Dude it sucks as is with all the extra
        People in the area…but we barely get to see it close to us in NY as is so we gotta do what we gotta do

  2. ozne99 says:

    Leaving it on Saturday COULD be a good thing. Since the Superbowl is on FOX, they could technically promote their own broadcasting by showing commercials for the Prelims to take place on FS1 AFTER the game. If they are able to accomplish that, people who are already gathered together for the game may as well continue hanging out for the fight. It’s unfortunate the UFC feels that they have to resort to trading places with the Super Bowl if that was the case. Bottom line is that they should give out a definitive answer ASAP; they need to consider the fighters who are cutting weight right now.

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