ROUNDTABLE: What would UFC need to do to fill Cowboys Stadium?

By MMATorch Staff

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor - July 14, 2017 press conference (photo credit Steven Flynn © USA Today Sports)

What fight or fight card would UFC have to put together to be able to fill a stadium the size of Cowboys Stadium?

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The UFC would have to put together a fight card the likes they’ve never done. Brock Lesnar would have to be on the card, Georges St. Pierre would have to be on the card, Conor McGregor would have to be on the card, all the fights on the main card would have to feature legends on the sport. Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, one or both of the Diaz brothers, etc. Daniel Cormier would have to be on the card. You’d also want Cris Cyborg on the card. This would have to be the greatest card ever assembled so the UFC couldn’t do any of their usual BS shortcuts like try to spread out the names to fill as many events as possible. Meaning that this would have to be the only UFC event for like a six week period.

Trying to wrangle such an event together would be a Herculean task, with fighter availabilities, injuries, and such. Would this be worth it to them? I doubt it, because it would require a lot of work. However, maybe they want the hype such an event would bring? Maybe not, but it would have to be the best card ever for it to work.

Robert Vallejos, Host – MMA Talk for Pro Wrestling Fans

I would think that the UFC would need to combine multiple draws, with a fight that feels like a special occasion. I’m talking Mayweather vs. McGregor in an MMA bout. In addition to a McGregor fight, they might need to pull Ronda Rousey back into the UFC.

It would seem like this would be easier for the UFC if they had never penetrated the Texas market.

Side Note: As someone who attended WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium, I have no interest in attending a combat sports event at this place ever again.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

It’s a given that Conor McGregor would need to be part of such a big event. It should be a fight that feels once in a lifetime and bigger than the typical big fight. The most realistic fight I can come up with that fits that bill is McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre. On top of that, you would need one, or maybe even two main event worthy fights in order to ensure a full house. That would probably mean mortgaging some future pay-per-view and ticket sales in order to load up this show. From there we’re probably talking about Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar. After that, that it becomes slim pickings for fighters who can move the needle. A show like this would be a huge undertaking and likely not worth the expense and risk. It’s much easier to charge inflated prices in the much smaller Las Vegas arena.

Cole Henry, MMATorch Live Events Reporter

It’s difficult to say because that stadium is huge as it is and with the seating arrangement at most MMA events the capacity would only be increased when considering floor seats and such. It would take a mega event but the UFC has had mega events before and they haven’t attracted as many people as would be necessary to fill Cowboy Stadium. Maybe an MMA fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather?

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