But in a subdued room in the Toyota Center, amidst timid journalists and a muted throng of fans, UFC president Dana White peacefully announced that our city will play host to both the lightweight and featherweight championship fights on Oct. 8.
While UFC's acts of man destruction were last witnessed in Houston in 2007, White is counting on the ultimate fight's morbid mass appeal to carry the sport to new heights in the Bayou City. "This thing works everywhere," White declared. "People get it, and people like it."
And get it we'd better. The fate of two UFC titles — featherweight and lightweight — will be decided on that Saturday in October.
Reigning UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten top contender Gray Maynard will face off in the evening's main event, following the showdown between defending UFC featherweight title holder José Aldo and Kenny Florian. The two championship events will be buttressed by both a middleweight and heavyweight match.
"This thing works everywhere," Dana White declared. "People get it, and people like it."
Even if lighter fighters don't satiate the Brock Lesnar bloodlust in you, White believes mixed martial arts are innate to your being.
"Fighting is the oldest sport. Somebody somewhere threw a punch, and somebody came to watch," he said. "Fighting is in our DNA, and we like it."
But fans at Tuesday's press conference didn't even get so much as a whiff of the kill. The most that the uncharacteristically silent bunch experienced was a tense exchange of steely glances between a fearless Edgar and intimidating Maynard.
Come October, these two pairs of brutes will be mercilessly tearing at each other's exposed flesh, gleefully cutting off respiration and throttling unprotected heads like punching bags.
But in the meantime, you'll have to settle for perfecting your flying armbar on your unwitting friends while shelling out big bucks for pay-per-view. Or watching highlights from the press conference below.