Dana White Pleads to UFC on Fox 5 Fighters to “Tone Your Training Down”

November 28, 2012
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Dana White at UFC 135The UFC has always tried to put good fight cards together for its live events on “Big Fox,” but until next week’s UFC on Fox 5, hadn’t headlined with a title fight since the first “special pre-TV deal edition” of UFC on Fox in November 2011. That is if Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz can avoid the dreaded injury bug.

That first UFC on Fox event was headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos, where dos Santos took the UFC heavyweight title away from Velasquez. That event was prior to the official launch of the UFC-Fox TV partnership in January.

Next week’s UFC on Fox 5 features Henderson putting his UFC lightweight title up against Diaz in the main event. The card also features a top light heavyweight contender bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson, as well as the return of former champion BJ Penn, as he takes on GSP training partner Rory MacDonald.

It’s a stacked card, but UFC president Dana White says that it wasn’t for any particular reason other than they are always trying to put on the best fights they can on any card.

“The strategic idea is to put the best fights we could possibly put on Fox.”

That’s, of course, if they can buck the trend of the past couple years and keep the fights together. Injuries have ravaged several UFC events, particularly earlier this year, even leading to the UFC 151 cancellation, so White is imploring the fighters to be cautious in the final days leading up to UFC on Fox 5.

“It’s tough to keep a card together. What have we got like a week and a half to go?” White questioned, before adding, “I want to say to all the guys, tone your training down a little bit. Let’s not get anybody injured this last week and a half.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for up-to-the-minute UFC on Fox 5 news and fight coverage.

  • Dana, you could also put weigh-ins on the day of the fight to prevent these guys from showing up with approximately 30 seconds of cardio.

    • Anthony Johnson

      And how would moving weigh ins to the day of help in any way in terms of cardio…your an idiot you clearly don’t understand how draining the weight cuts are. They give them the day to rehydrate and eat so they can be as close to 100% as possible….

      • jimmy

        i think he feels if the weighins are on the day of the fight fighters wont be able to cut 20+ pounds and will have to fight at a more natural weight or come in naturally lighter.

      • Love your comment but it’s just kind of ironic that your user name is Anthony Johnson lol. Big fan of him btw though.

      • LOL. That’s the point. Weight cuts are too draining, genius. By the way, if you’re going to call someone an idiot, you should learn when to use YOU’RE and YOUR. Just a thought.

    • Yea I’m pretty sure the commission plays a part of that and not Dana himself. Just saying…

  • Mark McDowall

    Funny how he doesn’t worry about this with the PPV’s. Mark my words…this fox deal is going to ruin the UFC. Its already slowly pushing its influence on them with all these pointles statistics they keep spitting out….

  • Gil

    Moving weigh in’s would just make things worse people are going to cut anyway smart one as a matter of fact in wrestling they weigh in day of but I am sure wrestler’s don’t cut weight.

    • MMAFAN

      Moving weigh ins would just make things worse. People are going to cut “weigh” either way. Well the smart ones anyway,

      As a matter of fact, in wrestling, they weigh in on the day of. But I’m sure wrestlers don’t cut weigh. (false)

      This is what I believe you were trying to communicate. Am I wrong?

      • Yup

        Wrestlers also aren’t being punched, kicked, elbowed, and kneed in the head.

  • adam1848

    For me, this is the best card in years, maybe ever. I know its a matter of opinion, but I have been looking forward to this one for months. Gonna be SICK!

  • vator

    The MMA community really does need to educate themselves on how to properly train for fights and they need to look to boxing to see how its done. Having these huge camps full of top level fighters who all train together sounds like a great idea but its truely a foolish idea. Training should consist of sparring not structured fighting but right now that is whats happpening in these trainig camp. Fighters are basically fighting other top level guys in training camp and they are both pushing each other so hard injuries happen. If these fighters want to increase thier skill the answer is to fight 3, 4 or 5 times a year instead of once and having more fights will also help them earn more money and they need to have traning camps with guys who are actually training partners and not other fighters who have thier own agenda for thier own career.

    • Mark McDowall

      The philosophy alot of fighters have is to train so hard that the fight is easy. Good idea…but the application is flawed.

      These guys are pushing themselves soooooo hard…that along with a serious weight cut it is putting their bodies through serious strain and making themselves injury prone.

      I think Mike Dolce holds a key to prolonging these guys careers through proper dieting. The guys that follow his plan’s go through training camp with NO supplimentation and NO sauna time. That was unheard of a few years ago…guys were stepping on the scale looking like they were barely clinging on to life, or not making weight at all.

      Also, and this is not something I totally agree with, but is the fighters insurance policy making them more likely to pull out of a fight? Weidman pulled out because his shoulder basically exploded, legit excuse to pull out. Rashad pulled out of one of the scheduled fights with Jones because he basically jammed his thumb? Now Im sure it wasn’t that simple…but still I broke my thumb playing football in high school and my coach taped it up and told me to man the F up and go back in. Some of these injuries im sure are legit, but its a case of “man up and go back in”

  • Jojo

    The more Dana White opens his mouth, the more he looks like a complete jack-ass. Plain and simple, the only thing Dana White cares about is money. Money money money. That is all!