Frank Mir | "I still pose a very large threat to Dos Santos"
Frank Mir discusses a variety of subjects on this weeks edition of The MMA Hour.
When Overeem initially failed the testing Mir was already was in preparation Junior Dos Santos.
“I just kind of did the math in my own mind,” Mir explained “My team around me, we all pretty much felt that if Dos Santos were to stay on the card, and Overeem was not able to challenge for the title, then I was the most logical person to step in. So as we were still training for Cain (Velasquez), there was that at the back of my mind, okay, be prepared for this to happen also.”
On whether or not Overeem should be allowed to continue to fight in the UFC.
“I really don’t know. I think it just has to be measured as a whole, and whether or he’s good for the sport or not, and what he’s able to bring to the table,” Mir carefully mused. “He still has this large fan base. I think all that has to be taken into consideration.”
“I would have liked to see the fight too as a fan. I’d like to see Alistair and Junior fight, and it could still happen after this. … But I’ll step in and take advantage of the opportunity presented to me. I’m definitely not the reason why this fight isn’t happening.”
On how he matches up with the Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos
“I still pose a very large threat to Dos Santos,” Mir vowed.
“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.”
Mir was the first man to knock out and submit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and takes into account that retribution may be a factor for Junior Dos Santos.
“I’m sure he fights for his own reasons,” Mir explained. “I mean, if he says that to sell pay-per-views, I’m sure it might be thrown out. But as far as deep down inside, when he’s in the locker room getting ready to walk out to face me, when you’re a fierce competitor like that, you don’t really do it for outside sources.
“If you do it for any other reason other than what’s inside you, the internal drive that you have to want to conquer this, it’ll fall apart.”
He also added some fuel to the fire when he finished.
“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,” Mir chuckled. “That has to be a little bit in the back (of your mind.)”