UFC 146 Quote: Frank Mir Says He Hits “A Lot Harder” Than Junior Dos Santos

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Exactly one year ago current heavyweight number one contender Frank Mir was preparing to face Roy “Big Country” Nelson at UFC 130 on Memorial Day Weekend. Nelson was just coming off a brutal beat down at the hands of reigning champion Junior dos Santos while Mir’s last fight was a KO of Mirko Cro Cop.

In a pre-fight interview for the bout against Nelson at UFC 130, Mir claims he is bigger, quicker and in a surprising statement, claims he hits harder than dos Santos. Coincidentally, roughly one year after making the initial comments, Mir is scheduled to challenge dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 146 on May 26.

“I’m a lot bigger than (Junior) Dos Santos and I hit a lot harder. I’m a taller, longer athlete … quicker; I’ll constantly pepper him with shots when he comes in and make him pay when I do hit him with something. When I hit Cheick Kongo, the punch alone threw him halfway across the Octagon. On the night of the fight, neither one of us are going to pull any punches. If I catch him with something, I’ll try to hurt him with it.”

Mir has scored three career (T)KO wins opposed to dos Santos’ 10 career (T)KO victories. Will the former heavyweight champion try to stand with dos Santos and utilize what he considers a speed and power advantage to take the champion from the belt on the feet? Or will Mir be less confident in his striking come fight time?

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  • BillyJean

    K…Frank Mir. Just no. You are going to get destroyed.

    Legit question, has Mir ever knocked anyone out with a punch? Sure he dropped Kongo but like, what else?

  • StuPendous

    “I’m a taller, longer athlete…”

    JDS is exactly as tall as Brock, who is 6’3.5″, Mir is not even 6’3″. Plus the other crazy stuff in his comments – is this even real?

    “quicker” LOL!!

  • RampageLOL

    This quote is a joke. Everyone stop. Mir has no chance.

    • http://fightcove.com mary

      ok frank we will see i truly believe you are wrong

  • http://fightcove.com mary

    frank lets be frank…. no way

  • Adam

    Don’t be so quick to count out Mir. I also think it may end like his fight with Carwin, but you never know. Its better to just think, who you think will win and not make an actual prediction like that. No one thought Mir would beat nogueira the first time, definitely not the second time either. He has a better chance than you people give him credit for is all I’m saying.