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Over the past two years UFC president Dana White has been enduring a spate of injuries to his fighters that have forced the cancellations and postponements of multiple mega-fights. Star athletes and UFC champions such as Georges St. Pierre, Jose Aldo, Vitor Belfort, Cain Velasquez, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Dominick Cruz and Rashad Evans have all lost months or years of their careers to injuries.
Dana spoke to MMA Weekly and had some advice for fighters to stop this plague:
"I think what's happening too and me and Joe Silva were talking about this tonight, you have so many talented guys out there now all in the same camp, going at it like they're fighting for the title, these guys need to tone it down in training a bit and stop hurting each other," said White.
White also attempted to dispel the notion that the UFC's decision to insure fighters against injuries suffered in training has caused more of them to miss events:
"Guys that fight in the UFC and the guys that we deal with all the time are hungry to fight. These guys want to fight, and they want to get paid. The more you sit on the sidelines, and the more you're out, the less money you make," White stated.
"Like I always talk about the short window of opportunity in the fight business, I don't think that's the case."