By Jamie McAllister
Frank Mir In an interview with TATAME.
Mir comments on media obligations and the development of the sport.
“As the sport grows, you have more obligations each time. I guess you’re looking for something special for me to say, but a fight is a fight. I’ve never had a fight where I could look past the guy.”
Mir comments on the manner in which he was drafted in to the Heavyweight Title fight.
“I always think about the sport first. I was in good enough shape for fighting Dos Santos on such an important card.”
Mir comments on Dos Santos questioning his manhood during the UFC Primetime show. (In case you have not had the chance to see the show Dos Santos was talking to Nogueira about Mir pretending to be knocked out by Carwin in order to get the fight over with and saying he is not a man.)
“I didn’t take it seriously. Dos Santos is a nice guy. We have all seen him talking in the last couple of years and he never talks trash. Now he’s trying to because he’s a champ. People around him say he has to do the Brock thing. People are more interested and want him to play it for the UFC, but he’s not really good at it.”
Mir comments on some advantages he holds over Dos Santos.
“I think the advantage of my part is that I’m used to this, I’ve been around and I know how to define it, what to do, how to redirect my energy and there’s no distraction leading up to the fight. A lot of fighters, when you hear them afterwards, are distracted. They don’t cope with this as well as I do. Looking back at my history, I think it’s one advantage I have over Dos Santos is that this is not new to me. I didn’t grow up not around the spotlight. Born and raised in Vegas, so I’m used to being in front of cameras and being in the UFC for almost 11 years.”Tags: featured