While there’s certainly some level of pride Frank Mir feels for having broken Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm this past December there’s also some regret even he though ultimately only did what he had to in order to notch a victory.
When he faces Junior dos Santos this Saturday night for the UFC title Mir is hoping history doesn’t repeat itself, putting him in a position to either torque a submission to the point of injuring his adversary or give up on the hold – an easy choice when it comes down to the stakes involved.
“Honestly, I don’t like the the fact that Nogueira didn’t tap and got an arm broken,” admitted Mir in an interview with MMAJunkie. “He looked very sharp in that fight. I think it would have made me look better had he tapped and went on and had another two or three wins.”
“If I grab (Dos Santos) and he doesn’t tap, it’s going to make me a little upset,” he continued, adding, “I don’t want to have to break his arm, but I want to win the fight. If he starts feeling the pressure, come on guys…it’s been 10 years. If you don’t know what’s going to happen by now.”
Mir-Dos Santos will headline the all-heavyweight PPV portion of UFC 146. The 16-5 Mir enters the bout on a three-fight winning streak including finishes of Mirko Filipovic and Nogueira, while Dos Santos is 14-1 and coming off a knockout victory over previously unbeaten Cain Velasquez.
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