During Thursday’s pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) jokingly hoped none of the athletes in attendance fell on stage and hurt themselves before Saturday’s scraps. Given the rash of injuries that have ravaged several Octagon shows in 2012, the tongue-in-cheek comment carried a sense of seriousness to it.
While none of “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz’s” featured fighters suffered an injury, White reported Friday morning Tim Means slipped in the sauna while trying to cut weight for today’s weigh-ins and knocked himself out.
White said Marcus LeVesseur has agreed to serve as a last-second substitute to fight Abel Trujillo in the card’s prelims.
LeVesseur was originally slated to face Michael Chiesa in the event, but was pulled just four days ago after Chiesa became ill.
That came only two days after Brendan Schaub was removed from the lineup after opponent Lavar Johnson pulled his groin.
Here is the show’s revised agenda:
(Facebook 4:20PM ET/1:20PM PT)
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
(FX 5PM ET/2PM PT)
Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Abel Trujillo
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)