MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White urged fighters lined up for UFC on Fox 5 to tone down their training to avoid injuries prior to their bouts.
“The strategic idea is to put the best fights we could possibly put on Fox. You guys know what the last year and a half has been like. It's tough to keep a card together,’ White said in a report on Bloody Elbow.com.
The promotion has recently been hit by a string of injuries that led to the cancellation or postponement of some of their fight cards.
Most notable was the light heavyweight title showdown between reigning titlist Jon Jones and veteran Dan Henderson in UFC 151, which didn’t push through after Henderson was forced to bail out eight days before the fight date because of a knee injury.
UFC on Fox 4, which takes place on December 8, will be headlined by the Benson Henderson-Nate Diaz lightweight title match.
Other bouts featured on the card are the Mauricio Rua-Alexander Gustafsson light heavyweight clash and the BJ Penn-Rory MacDonald welterweight match.
“What do we got, like a week and a half to go? I want to say to all of the guys on the phone, ‘Tone your training down a little bit.’ Let's not get any body injured this last week and a half,” he said.