Jose Aldo’s scheduled defense of the UFC featherweight championship, against rising star Conor McGregor, doesn’t have a venue yet. But, if reports are to be believed, it’s a matter of go big or go home.
As in, “everything’s bigger in Texas.”
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, the fight has a good chance to be hosted at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Why? Well, for one thing, the date has already been reserved at their usual home for big fights, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
(The culprit: Italian classical tenor Andrea Bocelli, of all people.)
For another, Aldo vs. McGregor is the biggest mixed martial arts event of the year 2015, so why not make an event of it?
“MGM Resorts officials booked the Bocelli concert for Dec. 5 in its Grand Garden, the same night that UFC 194 will be held,” Kevin Iole reported for Yahoo! Sports.
According to Iole, UFC President Dana White has said he’s open to having an event at the AT&T Stadium — and this bout, which is among the most anticipated in MMA history, may just be the right fit.
The stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, was configured for several boxing matches in 2010 — drawing crowds between 40,000 and 50,000 strong. AT&T Stadium is also being considered for one of the year’s most anticipated boxing matches: the proposed Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez middleweight bout, which has yet to be officially announced.