UFC Quick Quote: Dana White is 'nervous' about breaking his 'little bubble' of armbars and triangle chokes

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"I'm nervous. This is the first time in a long time that I've been nervous. I don't get nervous anymore. I get excited and I get pumped up for fights. But you know, I'm nervous for this fight. I'm genuinely nervous like I was at UFC 30 when we did our first one ... But the way that I approached this whole coming-out party on Fox is, we live in this little bubble. I live in a world of armbars and rear-naked chokes and triangle chokes and ground-and-pound and all that stuff, but there's millions and millions of people who have never even heard of any of that and don't know anything about the UFC. As big as the UFC may seem, it's not. We're so far from mainstream still, and now we've been given the opportunity to do it. That's why Saturday is so important. It feels good and I'm excited, yeah, but I'm nervous, man. I'm excited and I'm nervous, and I don't like to be nervous."

Welcome to the big show. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White tells SI.com he's "nervous" about introducing a mainstream audience to the world of mixed martial arts at the upcoming UFC on FOX network television debut on Nov. 12 in Anaheim, California. While Zuffa and FOX can produce the living expletive out of Saturday night's one-hour show, it's up to the fighters, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, to deliver the goods. Anyone think White will feel blue on Sunday morning? Or will this be a heavyweight fight for the ages? Anyone else got butterflies?

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