Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to return to the "Land of the Rising Sun" for the first time in more than a decade with a major event penciled in for Feb. 26, 2012, at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
As if that endeavor wasn't big enough, company president Dana White recently revealed that the promotion is thinking about running another event on that same day from Las Vegas, Nevada.
White alluded to the unprecedented possibility during a recent press conference in California to promote UFC 139, which will feature one of Japan's most popular mixed martial artists from the Pride FC heyday, Wanderlei Silva.
Yahoo!Sports.com has the skinny:
"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. 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."
The report points out that because of the time difference with the two locations literally a world apart, the Japan show would take place in the early afternoon, airing stateside in the usual 9 p.m. ET pay-per-view (PPV) time slot. That means the UFC would likely have to leverage its other television partnerships, including FOX and Versus, to make a two-fight night dream come true.
With Scott Coker of Strikeforce and Reed Harris from World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) still on the Zuffa payroll, the promotion has more than enough experienced professionals at their disposal who can run an event without the presence of White.
Production, coordination and on air talent, on the other hand, are entirely different animals. From a fan perspective, however, those are lots of good problems to have.