UFC 146 headliner Frank Mir: 'I'm going to go ahead and strike with Junior dos Santos'

Photo of Frank Mir by Steve Marcus for Las Vegas Sun

Well, good luck with that.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, who will try really hard to get his belt back in the main event of UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, doesn't mind keeping his fight against Junior dos Santos at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the upright position for as long as he needs to in order to implement an effective gameplan.

His strategy? "Lull him into lowering his striking defense."

True, trying to stand and bang with "Cigano" is what got former division titleholder Cain Velasquez KTFO in just 64 seconds. And yes, going punch-for-punch with the Brazilian boxer also left Shane Carwin looking like Leatherface, but if there is one thing Mir has proven over the years, it's that he can't -- and shouldn't -- be counted out.

Even if his gameplan sounds more like a suicide mission.

Hear the Las Vegas submission master break it all down for the Orange County Register after the jump.

"I’m going to go ahead and strike with him, probably more than Carwin wanted to and some of these other guys and try to lull him into lowering his striking defense. If I get him into a rhythm where it’s a boxing match, it will be easier to shoot or take him down. If you are shooting right of the bat and are grabbing a leg and that person’s waiting for it, it’s like any combat tactic. It’s very easy to stop what you are expecting."

While Mir's hands were good enough to drop Cheick Kongo en route to a submission win at UFC 107, which followed his technical knockout victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira just two fights prior, he was also pounded out by Shane Carwin at UFC 111 and Brandon Vera at UFC 65.

Anyone giving him a chance to shock the world?

Let's hear some predictions and for more of Mir's pre-fight hype click here and here.

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