On the surface it seems Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem couldn’t be much more different as competitors. The former is a BJJ specialist with solid, ever-improving hands while the latter is a K-1 level striker who relies on submissions in a secondary sense. However, it UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos plans to approach Mir the same way he would Overeem, his original opponent.

Dos Santos recently commented on the change from Overeem to Mir in a brief video for the UFC where he appeared pleased with the development, stating Mir was definitely the best candidate to replace “The Demolition Man”.

And, while Dos Santos may change his training up to adjust to the differences between Overeem-Mir, he’s confident the outcome will be identical regardless of who is in his way on May 26 at UFC 146.

“I have to change my camp a lot because Mir is a southpaw and a jiu-jitsu blackbelt,” explained Dos Santos before adding, “But I’m a fighter and I will be looking for the knockout no matter who my opponent is.”

Watch the full video below:


MMATraining Take: I don’t think Dos Santos should have a problem knocking Mir out given Mir’s past stumbles on that front. All of his career losses have involved a strike-based stoppage and he’s never faced a guy with Dos Santos’ stand-up.