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05-07-2012, 06:35 AM
Status: Leben 'em dead and maimed
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: BC, Canada
| | Mir: ĎHeís one of the most dangerous strikers Iíve ever foughtí
Mir: ĎHeís one of the most dangerous strikers Iíve ever foughtí
Mir: ĎHeís one of the most dangerous strikers Iíve ever foughtí :: TATAME
Were you surprised to be chosen as the next contender at Juniorís title replacing Overeem? |
To be hones, I wasnít surprised at all. Obviously I heard Danaís version and in my mind I donít think theyíd put another person instead of me to fight Junior dos Santos. However, I thought that, maybe, Cigano wanted to wait until the trial to understand if Overeem would be able to fight and, putting it all together, I thought there would be a great chance I wouldnít fight for the title, but it never happened and here I am.
Were were getting prepared to fight Cain Velasquez and now will have at chance at the title. How does it change your prep and game plan?
It does change things a little, but not everything. I donít think I have to worry about Cainís punches, because like he knows Boxing I know takedowns and I can submitt opponents on the floor. Junior dos Santos is always submitting people on their feet and heís a better boxer, but thatís all he brings to this scenario. He may be good at Jiu-Jitsu, he can be a great wrestler, but his strongest point is Boxing, so his game plan is not to be on his punching zone so he wonít find me. To me Velasquez was more deceiving because he might try to knock you down like he did with Nogueira or he would be able to take you down and submit you like a striker, like heís done with other fighters before.
Do you think Junior dos Santos will try to revenge Nogueiraís defeat when fighting you?
I guess heís only fighting me because Iím trying to take that belt off him. I guess it means much more than trying to revenge Nogueiraís loss to me. I know it would be nice for him if he could win this fight and come back having revenged his friendís loss, but in the end of the say he will be more focused on fighting me for his own reasons, afterall, he wants to remain as the champion.
Do you believe itís the toughest fight in your career?
Itís hard to say because I only started studying Dos Santos a week ago. But I guess so. Itís our first fight and I guess heís one of the most dangerous strikers Iíve ever fought.
You are a black belt gradutated by Sergio Penha. How did you guys meet?
Heís a great friend of mine and was the first guy to ever teach me Jiu-Jitsu. I looked for his gym to try to learn the sport and he was living in Las Vegas for a while.
After becoming UFC champion you had to take a break due to a bike accident. Even though you turned it around and started fighting again. Do you remember that time?
I remember trying to come back and overcome the injury and all a fighter does is trying to deal with everydayís obstacles. I remember how I got my leg broken, it was a pretty ugly accident, and I could only think about my healing process. Hard moments. There were many fights on which I couldnít really punch the guys and I end up losing Ė if I was healthy I could have a better performance. Most times I felt like if I had been hit in the face, but I had the support and the guts to keep on going. Now Iím going for my second title shot even after I had my leg broken.
Have you considered stop fighting for good?
Yeah. When I returned to the octagon, the first fights I felt very stressed out, especially because my family was going there and watching me trying to get back in my feet Ė and it seems I was able to keep on going because I was healed from the injuries. To me itís very important the father-husband role and it comes first. So, since I was dedicating my life to fighting and I didnít have so much time to perform m other roles I really focused on fighting. And I wouldíve stopped if it wasnít my wife and my family backing me up.
Many fans say you seem arrogant, mainly Brazilians. What do you think about that?
I guess they say it because Iím so self-confident. Sometimes I think people rather see a fighter saying Ďoh Jesus, Iím so glad, I canít believe I won, Iíve never been that good, Iím not that goodí. I never had that kinda thought, especially because I was always so focused in getting into the octagon and compete. I fought many guys who think like that and due to my self-confidence I get to their nerves. But those who are arrogant canít understand themselves, they think their qualities are bigger than they really are. I, on the other hand, am only confident about what I know I can really do.
05-07-2012, 10:49 AM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by Sniggles
And the new Heavyweight Champion of the World..... Frank Mir!!!
"Your crazy, man. I like you, but you're crazy."
How you calling it? Submission victory? What round and what submission? TKO victory? Or, decision victory?
I got JDS KO rd 1.
ďWhy donít you guys asked Toquinho who the baddest man on the ground on MMA is? Not him no more,Ē
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