The more UFC heavyweight Frank Mir talks the more he reveals himself to be a true strategist, analyzing all angles of his match-ups and preparing himself to pounce at every moment. His upcoming title-fight against current champion Junior dos Santos is no exception in that regard as Mir made clear in a recent interview where he stated he planned to bang with the Brazilian boxer more than many fans might have expected him to, especially considering Dos Santos has ten strike-based stoppages in his fourteen total wins while all five of Mir’s losses have involved TKOs.
“I’m going to go ahead and strike with him, probably more than (Shane) Carwin wanted to and some of these other guys and try to lull him into lowering his striking defense,” said Mir in an interview with the OC Register. “If I get him into a rhythm where it’s a boxing match, it will be easier to shoot or take him down. If you are shooting right off the bat and are grabbing a leg and that person’s waiting for it, it’s like any combat tactic. It’s very easy to stop what you are expecting.”
Mir pointed to Carwin’s relative inability to take Dos Santos down in their 2011 match-up as being in part related to his lack of dedication in the stand-up department.
Dos Santos-Mir is scheduled for May 26 at UFC 146 with the champ having won his last nine fights and challenger stringing together three straight.
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MMATraining Take: Mir’s assessment makes a lot of sense. Dos Santos is undoubtedly focusing on defending against Mir’s takedowns/submissions. If Mir can distract him from that goal by landing strikes it should definitely open the door for more attempts to drag things down to the ground. However, given their past performances in the ring I’m not sure Mir will have a chance to do so because a knockout seems likely if JDS connects with one stiff shot.