Encroachment! UFC 169 could go head-to-head with Super Bowl 48 on Feb. 1, 2014

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UFC 169: "Cruz vs. Barao" will take place Feb. 1, 2014, at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., serving as its annual Super Bowl card. Meanwhile, the NFL's Super Bowl 2014 will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford the next day. However, the Sports Business Journal reports that there could be a major conflict on the horizon because of winter weather contingency plans.

There is no trouble for now, but there could be some bad weather in February for both the Super Bowl and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

National Football League's (NFL) blockbuster playoff finale is supposed to take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2, 2014. UFC 169: "Cruz vs. Barao" takes place just one day prior in the Prudential Center in nearby Newark.

Since the NFL has a contingency plan to protect the event from bad weather, and since Met Life Stadium is a gigantic open venue on the East Coast of America -- which is subject to torrid winter weather at times -- a contingency plan was put in place for rescheduling. One of the possibilities is moving it one day earlier, as Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan reports.

"NFL head of events Frank Supovitz reiterates contingency plans in place that could see Super Bowl start day early, or day late or later."

Nothing is set in stone, and quite frankly, there is nothing to worry about for the time being. However, if this becomes a harsh reality, how could UFC be able to compete with the grandest sports event in history?

The promotion has done a stellar job of avoiding booking dilemmas and apart from the competition on pay-per-view (PPV) from boxing once in a while because it is in its best interest to be the biggest show on any particular evening.

Time will tell if that holds true this upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

UFC 169: "Cruz vs. Barao" features three blockbuster fights, as Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returns from a long layoff to face interim kingpin Renan Barao in the main event, along with UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Ricardo Lamas. Also on the main card is a Heavyweight clash between two former champions of the sport, as Frank Mir battles Alistair Overeem.

If the NFL has a back up plan, then perhaps the UFC should consider one, too.

For the latest UFC 169 fight card and rumors click here.

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