After weeks of speculation regarding the date and venue for the much anticipated Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor UFC featherweight unification fight, Dana White has finally made the big announcement.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, the fight will take place on December 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
While fans will be excited that all the details have been finalized, the news will be something of a let down to many. White had done much to build expectations for this event. He had spoken several times about Cowboy stadium as a potential venue. He had also suggested that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may be added to the card.
The dream of that mega-event, however, is no more.
White told Iole that the MGM had “moved Heaven and Earth” in an effort to ensure that they got this fight, and thus the UFC brass decided to stage the fight in the promotion’s spiritual home.
In regard to Rousey, the UFC’s president stated that the “Rowdy” superstar’s next fight, likely to be against two time foe Miesha Tate, ” isn’t going to be on the [Aldo-McGregor] card, for sure”.
Hardcore MMA fans won’t be surprised by this disappointing sequence of events.
White has promised an event in Dallas’ massive outdoor stadium for some time and, as of yet, has not delivered. In online forums dedicated to the sport, long time observers were warning more naive fans that the Cowboy’s AT&T stadium was an unlikely venue.
Still, the Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor grudge match is big enough on it’s own to make this a huge event, and an occasion to savour.