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11/13/2013

Dana White explains the challenges of bringing UFC to JerryWorld

In the UFC world, apparently I have a bit of a reputation as annoying UFC president Dana White with the same question every time the man is made available to us media dorks - when is he bringing an event to AT&T/Cowboys/JerryWorld Stadium?

Dana-white"We want that stadium," White told me today in a phone interview. "It has to be the right event and we will bring it there in a minute. I went to the Manny Pacquiao fight there and it was just awesome. And it was great to see it at that stadium. I'm sold."

White simply needs a monster event to justify opening the doors to AT&T Stadium and shooting for a crowd of 80,000. As big as this Saturday's UFC 167 between Georges St. Pierre and Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks is, it's not big enough.

"Take the (Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman) re-match," White said. "Do you even know who the undercard for that fight is?"

This was not a rhetorical question. He was asking me.

"Uh ... no," I said.

"Exactly - neither do I," White said. "That's all anybody is talking about."

I asked: "OK - then why not bring that fight to (AT&T) Stadium?"

White laughed. 

"Well, we had this scheduled for Vegas," he said.

Weidman v. Silva is set for Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.

Holding a UFC event in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium remains a priority, but pulling it off remains a rather large pain because there are so many large moving parts.

"The other thing about (North Texas) to do it there is that you have to have a Hispanic card. We did that in Houston with (de los Santos) and we did great," White said. "I'm sold on it. (Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones is sold on it."

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