Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) will get his shot at becoming champion for a third time Saturday when he takes on current UFC top dog Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in the UFC 146 main event live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) reporter Joe Gugelman caught up with Mir at the UFC 146 open workouts on Wednesday and asked him about certain statements Dos Santos had made leading up to this fight about Mir not being a man, that he lacked heart and had a tendency to give up during fights.
Mir is not buying it, and because Portugese is Dos Santos’ primary language, Mir feels like maybe something got lost in the translation of his statements. Aside from coming back from a motorcycle that almost ended his career, Mir also points out his first fight with Brock Lesnar and how he was able to rebound from a terrible first round beating to ultimately submit the former and current WWE star.
Mir points to his win over Dos Santos’ own mentor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and how he was able to overcome adversity in that fight as well. Mir feels that Dos Santos is likely being pushed or coached into saying these type of things in order to sell the fight. He also shoots down certain statements coming out of Dos Santos’ camp that he has a better submission game than Mir.
See our video of Junior Dos Santos at the UFC 146 open workouts and media scrum.