When UFC President Dana White revealed Frank Mir would be stepping in for Alistair Overeem at UFC 146 to face heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos the MMA community was quick to respond, expressing a wide variety of opinions ranging from confusion over the timing to satisfaction at the organization taking initiative. However, one of the most important men in the equation – Dos Santos – hadn’t spoken publicly on the matter…at least until now.
“I have to change my camp a lot because Mir is a southpaw and a jiu-jitsu blackbelt,” explained Dos Santos in a video for the UFC, initially indicating he was happy the situation was finally resolved. “But I’m a fighter and I will be looking for the knockout no matter who my opponent is.”
The 14-1 Dos Santos’ only career loss was the result of a submission though it occurred more than four years ago. Comparably, all five of Mir’s defeats have been the result of a strike-based stoppage including those to Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.
The full clip of Dos Santos’ comments can be seen below:
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