"Cain Velasquez is more of a multifaceted threat. He can lull you into a striking match and take you down or he can punch you in the face if you're worried about the take down. With Dos Santos, he basically concentrates on his best asset which is boxing but it's hard to argue, if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
-- During today's (May 17, 2012) UFC 146 pre-fight media call, Frank Mir proclaimed that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is much more of a multifaceted threat than his upcoming opponent, current Heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos. Mir, who was originally set to compete opposite Velasquez on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146 in the co-main event, got the call to step up to the main event slot against "Cigano" in replacement of Alistair Overeem when Zuffa officials made the call to yank the embattled fighter from the event altogether following his testosterone debacle. Velasquez, a former NCAA Division-1 wrestler, has proven that his all-around mixed martial arts (MMA) game is quite well rounded indeed. With his superior grappling skills and unlimited cardio, Velasquez has compiled a 7-1 record in the UFC (9-1 overall). However, "Brown Pride" doesn't solely rely on his wrestling mojo to get him by inside the Octagon, proving he can strike with the best of them and finish fights. In fact, of his nine victories, only one has gone to decision one with the rest of his wins coming by way of knockout or technical knockout. Not that Mir is completely downplaying Junior's skills, on the contrary, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt goes on to say that "Cigano" focuses on what has brought him success, and that is the power and speed of his boxing skill-set. Though dos Santos has yet had the opportunity to display his ground game because of his tendency to knockout folks on the feet, the heavyweight champion has stated in the past that he will surprise everyone should he ever be forced to play the ground game. Perhaps Mir, who is highly regarded as one of the, if not the best submission artist in the division, will force the Brazilian bomber to the mat, giving him his opportunity to show the world his jiu-jitsu game. What are the chances of that happening?