HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: UFC Fighter Junior dos Santos stands for the cameras during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
"Frank Mir's strengths are his ground game, his jiu-jitsu is very good. He kicks very well, too. He's a little bit different because he's southpaw but I think the best of him is his ground game. I think his jiu-jitsu is an easier way for him to win this fight. But I don't think he has enough speed to do that. I'm way faster than him and I can punch him before he gets close. I will dominate the fight. I'm going to put my strategy into the fight and it's going to be my way to fight, not his way. I'm going to push him more and more until he gets tired and then I knock him out. I know he's tough but I don't care. I don't care about tough he is or how tough it's going to be to fight. I will win this fight and I will keep the belt with me for a long time. Nobody is going to take this belt."
No big surprise here, folks, as the narrative for the UFC 146 main event fight pitting Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir on May 26, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, remains the same. "Cigano" says he won't be losing his heavyweight championship any time soon and he'll defend it this coming Memorial Day weekend thanks to his superior speed and power. The Brazilian admits Mir may be better on the ground but if the fight never gets to the mat, it won't matter. And that's the big plan dos Santos will employ come fight night. Push the pace, get Mir tired, avoid ending up on his back and knock him out to retain the belt. Easy peasy, right?