HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: UFC President Dana White speaks as UFC Fighters Junior dos Santos (R) and Cain Velasquez (L) during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
He will die.
Not literally, of course, or at least we hope not. But the president of the biggest fight promotion in the world, Dana White, is a bundle of nerves heading into the biggest night in UFC history this Sat., Nov. 12, 2011, in Anaheim, California.
When asked in the media scrum at the UFC on FOX 1 pre-fight press conference what he would do if something happened to Cain Velasquez or Junior dos Santos, the two men contesting for the heavyweight title at the Honda Center, he had this to say:
"I'll die. I will die if something happens to one of these guys. Don't even ask me that. You and me are fighting now because of that. Oh yeah, I'm a mess over this thing. It is what it is. This is a full contact sport and that's how they train and you roll with the punches, pun intended. It happens. If you look at our history, when it happens, we fix it. We figure it out and we find a way. That's the business we're in and that's what we do. It's Wednesday, I'm feeling good that nothing can happen between now and Saturday."
That was yesterday shortly after the pre-fight press conference. That leaves open media workouts today (Nov. 10), the weigh-ins tomorrow (Nov. 11) and then it's all clear for fight night on Saturday (Nov. 12).
Let's just hope everyone makes it there in one piece. There's a little too much on the line for a bit of bad luck to come along now.
After the jump, White talks about all things UFC on FOX and the upcoming Manny Pacquiao fight against Juan Manuel Marquez going down on the same night. Oh, and he goes after Bob Arum ... again.