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Wednesday, 04/25/2012, 07:30 am

Frank Mir Believes Overeem Defense | "It Seems Like A Viable Reason"


While on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight Frank Mir talks about a variety of subjects such as Alistair Overeem failing in his drugs test, Cain Velasquez & Junior Dos Santos.

On Alistair Overeem

“I think this is the first time that he’s ever come up positive at tests, as far as I’m aware of. It seems like he had a viable explanation for what happened.

“Everybody makes mistakes. We all do things that we’re not proud of. We’ve all made mistakes professionally or in our personal life that are not our greatest moments in life.

“To sit there and ostracize somebody and never allow them to redeem themselves, I think would be very against humanity and our overall impression that I try to carry as a person.

“You know, he goes out there and he follows all the stringent testing the athletic commission is probably going to put ahead of him and all the hoops he’s going to have to jump through. As long as he does those things, then yeah, I’ll see him back in there. He’s a fierce competitor. We’ve seen what he did with Brock. I’d hate to lose him and not have him in the Octagon or as a competitor in the heavyweight division, due to something outside the Octagon.”

On fighting Dos Santos oppose to Velasquez.

“I thought that I’d have to go through Cain first. Being given this opportunity right now, I just feel ecstatic. Everything it means to me and my family, it’s been nothing but a positive thing.”

“In reality, dos Santos is a much better boxer. Obviously, he’s probably the best boxer in the division. But that’s all he really comes at you with is just the hands.

“Cain also poses a lot of problems. I also think Cain’s a very decent boxer himself. His one mark on him was in his last fight. He got caught by dos Santos, and everybody seems to have a real short memory. They forget about all the other knockouts and all the other things he’s done on his feet, prior to that fight. But at the same time, when you’re fighting with Cain, while you’re worrying about getting kicked and punched, he can shoot and take you down.

“So, dos Santos is more of a single threat, even though that single threat is much larger itself, but he doesn’t have the multiple areas of offence that Velasquez has.”

On if retribution will be on the mind of Junior Dos Santos after Mir broke his coaches arm.

“I can’t imagine that he has outside sources that are focusing him in that manner where he’s trying to avenge his master. There’s not going to be a theme on the night of the 26th. I think he wants to go out there and defend his title and prove that he’s the best in the world.”

“I do think though that if it hits the ground, that has to weigh in his head a little bit. The guy who he’s rolled around with who’s far more superior to him in jiu-jitsu is a guy that I submitted last.”

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