The UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend event will not be in Las Vegas in 2014. Instead, the promotion’s tradition that started with UFC 46 in 2004 will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
UFC officials confirmed the change of location to MMAWeekly.com on Friday.
The news was first announced during a video presentation at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas on Friday detailing Fox Sports 1’s sports coverage the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, which takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will air on Fox.
In the past, UFC’s Super Bowl weekend cards were major pay-per-view events featuring some of the biggest title fights in the organization’s history.
B.J. Penn defeated Matt Hughes for the welterweight title on the promotion’s first Super Bowl weekend event, which was headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between then-champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and challenger Vitor Belfort in 2004.
The late Evan Tanner defeated David Terrell to capture the middleweight title at UFC 51 in 2005. The trilogy between Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture was featured on Super Bowl weekend in 2006. Anderson Silva defeated Travis Lutter on the promotion’s 2007 event weekend. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Tim Sylvia to win the heavyweight title in 2008. The card also featured the UFC debut of Brock Lesnar.
The Super Bowl weekend card in 2009 showcased the rematch between Georges St-Pierre and B.J. Penn. 2011 featured Anderson Silva’s highlight reel knockout of Vitor Belfort. The 2012 fight card saw Carlos Condit earn the interim welterweight title by defeating Nick Diaz. This year’s event weekend featured featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo defending his title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
No fights or other details were announced for the 2014 event. No broadcast details were revealed either, but it's likely to continue as a pay-per-view event with a healthy dose of lead-up coverage, including preliminary bouts, on the new Fox Sports 1.