With a little over a week to go, the UFC on FOX 5 fight card, for the most part, remains intact.
These days, that's the exception, not the rule. The Dec. 8 event, which emanates from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, is top heavy with old school legends like B.J. Penn and Mauricio Rua, as well as new school prospects like Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson.
UFC President Dana White hopes to keep it that way, and wants his fighters to "tone it down a bit" these last few days of training, according to comments he made on yesterday's media conference call (via Bloody Elbow):
"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. 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 anybody injured this last week and a half."
Knock on wood.
The "Henderson vs. Diaz" fight card has held together while the line ups around it have begun to crumble. UFC heavyweight hurter Shane Carwin was recently pulled from his Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 live finale next month in Las Vegas, and we won't even mention what's happening over in Strikeforce. Oh, and the fighters still have to make weight and pass all their drug tests.
One more week ... can we make it?