UFC Heavyweight Champ Junior Dos Santos is scheduled to face former champ Frank Mir on May 26 in Las Vegas upon notice of Alistair Overeem failed drug test and consequently unable to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. An interview with USA Today’s Sergio non JDS states
“People want to talk about the storyline of revenge or things like that. That’s a non-issue for me. That’s not why I’m there.”
JDS talks about Mir replacing Overeem was logical and no surprise
“I considered Frank Mir, like most people, the logical choice to substitute for Overeem just based on the rankings and the current status of the heavyweight division and whatnot.
But it was still difficult because we know that people don’t always follow the logical route. So even though Mir was the logical choice, I didn’t know for sure if that fight was going to be the substitution or not.
At the end of the day, I’m the holder of the belt. That belt means a lot to me. It’s a lot to put at risk to, a little over one month before the fight, still not know who the opponent is, who you need to be preparing to face. So it was tough.”
The current Heavyweight Champion, Junior Dos Santos is very aware of his now opponent and his skills.
“Frank Mir sets himself apart. He is a very explosive fighter. When he attacks, he attacks to submit. He’s not somebody that you can play around with. He’s a guy that you have to take extremely serious all the time.
He’s extremely dangerous in his submissions. I’m preparing to face him in that way, to just take this fight extremely seriously, knowing how dangerous he is on the ground.
Frank Mir is very deliberate. He’s excellent technically.
What I mean when I say explosive is, he is extremely fast to explode into a position and to exploit a weakness. When he sees an opening or a weakness in somebody’s position, he can explode right into the position he needs to be in to get into leglocks, the armlocks and the americana (armlock).
Sometimes you see Mir and he looks a little bit tired or he looks a little bit worn down, and it’s almost like he’s doing that to take you off guard, so that you let your guard down, and as soon as you show him that one weakness in that position, Frank Mir can just explode into where he needs to be to exploit that.”
JDS disagree with Frank Mir’s thoughts on having an advantage over JDS if the fight goes on to the later rounds
“Frank Mir is dangerous. He’s a fighter that needs to be taken seriously. But he’s also a fighter that talks too much. His style of promoting fights is to just talk a lot.
He previously said that he was faster than me. That’s only in his dreams.
Of course, he isn’t faster than me. I’m faster. For sure I hit harder. And if the fight goes to rounds three or four or five, for sure I take the advantage.”
The Champ is not taking Frank Mir lightly and it sounds like he is confident in his own skill set beat the dangerous Mir.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX