Even among those who don't count themselves among boxing and professional wrestling fans, the phrase "Let's get ready to rumble!" often garners immediate recognition. That's what an impact Michael Buffer's signature catchphrase has made -- not just on the sport, but on popular culture as well.

So imagine if that phrase was never used to kick off a championship fight. Take a step further and imagine that Buffer instead started things off with "Man your battlestations!" As Buffer explains, that was dangerously close to happening.

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