UFC sets sights on same-day shows in 2012

In most instances it rings true to say that “two is better than one”. Whether or not that will be the case come 2012 when the UFC plans to run dual events on the same day remains to be seen. However, what is certain is the company’s intent to give it a shot starting as soon as February and a stop at Saitama Super Arena.

“When we go to Japan next year, we are going to be putting on a show at the same time in Las Vegas,” UFC President Dana White revealed in a conversation with Yahoo Sports.

White remained elusive when it came to providing details, only saying the public would have to wait and see how the UFC handled the situation, but did explain their plans do not involve streaming live fights from one venue into another one by dividing a card in half and splitting it up between two cities.

The UFC’s return to Japan is scheduled for February 26. Though no match-ups have been announced for the event, numerous fighters have already expressed an interest in competing at the show including Yoshihiro Akiyama, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

MMATraining Take: I’m a bit skeptical as to how this will work but I trust Zuffa to do the right thing. However, if they schedule things properly it could turn out to be a real treat for hardcore MMA fans. Imagine a scenario where you people can watch a 6+ hour block of UFC action if they’re so inclined. Plenty of folks already do it now – look at the past few weekends if you need an example of multiple shows going down on the same night – so why not provide a similar experience featuring the Octagon instead of Titan FC/Strikeforce Challengers (as was the case this past Friday night)? Then again, it could also burn people out in terms of overload so, as I said before, I’m somewhat wary about the situation in general.

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