By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos will look to continue his dominance in the UFC's heavyweight division when he faces Frank Mir in a few shorts weeks at UFC 146 and talked to MMAFighting.com this week about what he expects from his challenger when they step inside the cage:
“He likes to talk a lot, and I don't agree with that. Yeah, as a fighter, he is a pretty good fighter. He got pretty good jiu-jitsu skills and he is a good striker too, but he likes to talk, and that is not so good to me to hear when he says something stupid. When he fought “Big Nog” my mentor, he said a lot of things, and now, he says he is going to smash my joints in the fight.
I saw in the PRIMETIME too, he said that. But, you know, I don't care about that because I know he likes to promote the fight. But, sometimes it isn't too good to hear. (But)It's never personal for me, it's my job, I don't know him personally and he doesn't know me personally. It's very professional, I just want to win the fight. I don't want to hurt him or get hurt. I just want to beat him in the fight. I don't care who the UFC wants me to fight. Now, it's Frank Mir and I'm looking for a war in the cage with him.”
“I know Frank Mir is going to try to take me down and use his very good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he got good strikes too, but I believe so much in my hands, and all the fights start on the standing, so I think I can take advantage on that and keep this fight on feet and I will be looking for the knockout for sure.
I want to knock him out and I will give my best to knock him out. If the fights goes to the ground, I don't want to put the fight on the ground, but if he takes me down or something like that and holds me there, I will show my jiu-jitsu for everybody. I can tell you I'm ready to fight, it doesn't matter where. I can surprise everyone fighting on the ground, too.”
Props to MMAMania.com for the transcription.
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