UFC Quick Quote: Frank Mir would rather tap than snap

"I think he was more surprised. There's that almost denial that he feels because there is a high confidence level that he is about to get out. As his brain is trying to figure out an answer on what to do to get out of this, he is in a panic, I am still applying the move. I'm not sitting there waiting for him to figure out what to do. And so, you know, his brain never really accepted defeat. He was looking for a way as to what to do until the end. As far as what I would do, I say, that, if it's a limb thing, I definitely would, once I know I feel something starting to pop, I think I would slap out to, tap out and say screw it. I don't want to have a broken bone and shred something and alter the way I walk or maybe the way I brush my teeth the rest of my life. On chokes, I've been known to be a dick in the gym and pass out and to go very close."

-- Being one of the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists in the world with nine submission victories under his belt, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Frank Mir knows a thing or two about forcing a tap from an opponent. On Dec., 10, 2011, Mir submitted fellow jiu-jitsu black belt, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, with a bone shattering kimura after "Minotauro" refused to tap at UFC 140 because of his "denial," as Mir told Sherdog.com. In the process, Mir became the only man to ever finish the Pride FC legend via knockout (UFC 92) and submission. Not one to be proud to a painful fault, the former UFC Heavyweight champion says that he is not opposed to tapping if it means ensuring no broken bones. Mir will next take his submission skills inside the Octagon against former champion Cain Velasquez in a number one contenders fight on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though the win is the number one goal, it's safe to say Mir wouldn't mind being the first-ever to submit the Mexican-American brawler ... or break another wing. For the record, Mir has yet to tap himself in a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout.

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