Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir will seek to take back the belt he once wore when he faces Junior dos Santos in the main event at UFC 146. As most know already, Mir took the place of Alistair Overeem who failed a pre-fight drug test and was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez in a #1 contender match. With the late-change in opponents, Mir has had to ramp up his planning going from Velasquez to Dos Santos given the fighters’ difference in style.
“It does change things a little, but not everything,” said Mir in a recent interview with TATAME. “(Dos Santos’) strongest point is boxing, so his game plan is not to be on his punching zone so he won’t find me.”
Mir was called on to fill Overeem’s vacancy based in part on a submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira last December, his second victory over “Minotauro”. With the close relationship between “Big Nog” and Dos Santos, Mir is unsure if that will play any factor in the bout.
“I guess he’s only fighting me because I’m trying to take that belt off him,” Mir said. “I guess it means much more than trying to revenge Nogueira’s loss to me. At the end of the day, he will be more focused on fighting me for his own reasons.”
UFC 146 is set for May 26 and features an all-heavyweight PPV card.
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