UFC Primetime is back on FX with the ninth installment of the series, this time highlighting the UFC 146 main event between heavyweight champion Junior “Cigano” dos Santos and Frank Mir. Episode one of the three-part series aired Friday night on FX, and featured an inside look at the lives and training camps of the two superstars set to meet in one of the most lucrative prizes in combat sports.
The fight between dos Santos and Mir was put together rather abruptly after former number one contender Alistair Overeem was forced off the card a number of weeks ago. Mir stepped up to the challenge of facing the Brazilian champion and has the opportunity to become a three-time UFC champion. With just one week until the fight, watch as cameras follow dos Santos and Mir in real time as the weeks wind down to the May 26 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Junior Dos Santos
“When I get in the octagon I take it very serious, you know, because it’s my whole life in there, you know? I want to keep the things going very well for me and for my family.”
“I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t go out at night and do stupid things, you know? I don’t like those things, you know? I don’t need that.”
“Fighting with our bodies, that’s limited, father time sets in. Keeping your mind strong, that’s forever. I can use my mind now to be the great equalizer. Dos Santos pretty much does the same thing in every fight. He’s undefeated in the UFC and he’s the current holder of the belt, but as far as tricky and surprising, I don’t really think you can put that on him. I know his footwork, you know, his speed. Things that are simulatable.”
“I think dos Santos wants to end it quickly, cause, you got to be realistic, you know everybody it’s funny I heard his corner saying, you know, ‘The only chance Mir has is if it goes to the ground’. I’m like, ‘Well, the only chance he has is if it doesn’t go to the ground’ (laughs). It goes back and forth, if he goes to the ground with me he’s dead, you know what I mean? Might as well go ahead and start calling the orthopedic surgens and prep the room.”