As if holding an event at 10AM in Japan wasn’t already strange enough, the UFC is now announcing they’re going to run a second show in Vegas at the same time:
“When we go to Japan next year, we are going to be putting on a show at the same time in Las Vegas,” he said
While he didn’t confirm the date, UFC is scheduled for a show on Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The show would take place in the early afternoon in Japan, so it would air in the U.S. on Feb. 25, a Saturday night, live in the usual 9 p.m. Eastern pay-per-view time slot.
When asked how the company was going to handle a dual-show evening from a television standpoint, White just smiled and said, “You’ll see.”
There have been multiple-location, pay-per-view events staged in the past, most recently for the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 17. The co-headlining bout on that event was the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“We’ll be doing a lot of that in the future,” White said.
The only logical reason I can figure for this being done is so the UFC still gets North American media buzz for their very far away Japan show. International shows never do as well as their American or Canadian shows, but perhaps doubling up will even things out. Personally, I think it all depends on the fight card. Strong headliner = good buys, Leben vs Munoz level = shitty buys. So where will the main event be held? The Mandalay Bay or Saitama?