Last night former heavyweight champion Frank Mir learned the same painful lesson Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Fabricio Werdum, and others came away with after spending some time in the cage with Junior dos Santos – his striking is the real deal. While Mir entered the fight thinking he was prepared for much of what Dos Santos had to offer while standing he quickly found himself overwhelmed based on the Brazilian’s technical prowess.
“His hand speed wasn’t really what surprised me as much as his foot speed. His ability to get in and out, he got to pick when he wanted to throw and I was basically trying to counterfight with him afterwards,” admitted the 16-6 Mir in a post-fight interview with Fuel TV. “The few times I tried to get in there and engage and decide to fight on my terms he was able to move out of the way. And that’s one thing I probably didn’t prepare well enough for.”
While many in Mir’s shoes might have had a hard time dissecting what went wrong after losing such a significant scrap the 33-year old was actually in good spirits, feeling as though he gave all he had and referring to his family as the truly important thing in his life.
“I leave with a smile knowing I put up a good fight against one of the best guys in the world,” said a reflective Mir. “Dos Santos is the champ for a reason.”
Check out the full interview below:
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