Las Vegas may be the unofficial home of the UFC but I strongly recommend some venues that would not only be more than happy to host a major UFC fight card, the people that live in these areas would roll out the red carpet for Dana and co.
1. HAWAII , the state is already steeped in MMA tradition and I think that it is long over do for the UFC to bring a great card to to the cagefighting paradise of the USA.
It is well known that Hawaiians love there cagefighting and with so many great warriors that have come from "the rock" to compete I believe that it is long overdue to have a UFC event held in the most pristene states in the nation.
It is also not a long shot for some attendance records to be broken, Aloha Stadium probably or more than likely would sell out and thats just mentioning the local's, add a few ringside stars and you have a great show .
The drawback, Aloha Stadium is outdoors but thats part of the charm of this overlooked gem. And lets not forget that Rumble On The Rock, a product of the rainbow state was one of the most overlooked series that had some of the greatest fights to ever take place in MMA history.
2. IOWA, please bring a major card to Iowa they just flat out deserve it. There will be no shortage of fans and that is a given. In a state were kids are taught wrestling before the alphabet most people think of cagefighting as one of the big four in sports.
And you cannot deny the tradition, if you have trained in Iowa ,fighters either use Bettendorf as there home town or they throw in that they have made stops at Pat Milletich's camp where ground-n-pound and wrestling training takes a back seat for knowbody.
The drawback, Wells Fargo Arena only seats roughly 13,000 people and I think that those numbers could hold the UFC from setting up a night of fights, I have seen smaller numbers in Vegas but when Dana strays fron Nevada he generally likes to see numbers in 16,000 to 19,000 range.
But i'll say this , if it is ever annouced it would be sold out that very next day.
3.New York City, well we all know the story here, I personally don't believe if but when, and when it goes down it is going to be spetacular. Government will come to there senses and eventually let the BIG APPLE put on a show. my bet is Madison Square Garden but the city that never sleeps has a number of venues to choose from.
And it is not like NYC haswen't produced us with some great fighters so they would go all out in there event. It just wouldn't seem right if New York City would never be host to a UFC fight. Nathan's hot dogs and tapping out just seem to go hand in hand together.
Drawback, politics. How much longer will we have to wait for NYC to play host , hopefully not much longer.
If anybody can think of other places that they think are getting the short end just writ'em down and maybe we can think of a cluster of cities that deserve to have a shot at hosting the UFC.