Outside of Frank Mir’s camp there aren’t a lot of folks picking the former heavyweight champion to dethrone current UFC title-holder Junior dos Santos when the two meet on May 26 at UFC 146. After all, Dos Santos is considered to be one of the division’s elite strikers while Mir has been knocked out in all five of his career losses.
However, Mir will enter the bout with a ton of confidence based on his December win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In addition to being a world-class competitor, Nogueira also happens to be one of Dos Santos’ chief jiu-jitsu instructors.
“I still pose a very large threat to Dos Santos,” said Mir in an interview with The MMA Hour when asked about his status as a major underdog. “I still think it’ll be an interesting cat-and-mouse game between me and Junior, because what I want to be able to impose on him, he’s going to try to avoid, and vice versa.”
“I do think it has to be a little nerve-racking that the guy you roll with as a coach got submitted by the guy you’re about to face. That has to be a little bit in the back (of your head),” Mir continued, alluding to his gruesome finish of Nogueira leaving the legendary Brazilian with a broken arm.
Interestingly enough, Dos Santos’ only in-ring stumble came by way of submission while he himself has not tapped an adversary out in more than five years.
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