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UFC considering stadium show for Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II

Just imagine if you can…

Chael Sonnen‘s music hits and over 100,000 screaming MMA fans go wild, booing the top contender to the UFC middleweight title. Following the scene, UFC champion Anderson Silva steps towards the Octagon to a chorus of cheers.

If UFC President Dana White has his way, that might just be what happens, as the organization is looking to put a show on inside Cowboys Stadium, and Silva-Sonnen II could be the main event fight.

“We’ve been talking to Jerry Jones for a while about doing a fight there,” said White during the post-UFC 136 press conference this past weekend. “It’s just got to be the right fight. We’re definitely going there. It’s just a matter of when.”

Sonnen called out Silva following his victory over Brian Stann, adding a stipulation that he would leave the UFC if “The Spider” wins while Silva would have to change divisions if he was defeated. Silva scored a fifth-round submission win over Sonnen last year at UFC 117 in a title fight.

As for making Silva-Sonnen the Dallas event’s headliner, White said, “I think it could. I think we could do a big, big venue.”

Currently the North American attendance record is held by the city of Toronto where 55,000 strong came out to see Georges St. Pierre successfully defend his title against Jake Shields at UFC 129.


MMATraining Take: The idea of doing a show at Cowboys Stadium will only work with a blockbuster main event and a strong card from top to bottom. Canadian fans are wild no matter what the fights are, while some UFC events that have been held in different arenas have failed to provide the same type of atmosphere and sound as others. If the UFC can sign Silva-Sonnen II, and pair it with another title fight, perhaps Jose Aldo-Chad Mendes or Frankie Edgar-Gilbert Melendez, than a show from Dallas has the chance to surpass 100,000 fans and be a memorable night for everyone.


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