"The way things have gone for us lately, do you know how happy I am to be standing up here with all the guys who were picked to fight on this card? It's been awhile, so, I'm really happy about it. Obviously, when we made this card not only did we love the card, but the fans loved the card. FOX loved the card, everybody loved this card. And the fact that it stayed together ... I'm just happy to be here. I'm going to make sure nobody falls off this fucking podium or nothing weird happens up here over the next 24 hours so this thing goes off like its supposed to. I mean, just look up here, all the guys are in fantastic shape, everyone is really pumped up for this fight. It's been awhile, I'm excited!"
-- While it's wise to often embrace change, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White fucking hates it ... at least as far as his mixed martial arts (MMA) fight cards are concerned. Whether it's injuries, suspensions, arrests, reluctance, cancelations or flat-out suckiness, White and his fight promotion have had a rough-and-tumble 2012. The good news is there is only one direction to go up when you're seemingly at the bottom, and that way is obviously up, Maniacs. And that's exactly how to explain White's demeanor on the UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference dais earlier this afternoon (Dec. 6, 2012) at the Seattle Center Pavilion at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. White was upbeat, happy and enthusiastic. And for good reason: He's about to deliver the most stacked main card ever assembled on network television in the United States. Perhaps more important, it's a televised main card that has been unchanged since it was announced months ago, featuring a lightweight championship bout in the main event between division kingpin Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz. The rest of the main card, if you don't know by know, is a binder full of meaningful MMA fights. Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!