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. The third and final episode 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 tomorrow night with one of the most lucrative prizes in combat sports on the line.
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 few months ago. Mir stepped up to the challenge of facing the Brazilian champion and has the opportunity to become a second ever three-time UFC heavyweight champion. With just one day left until the fight, watch as cameras follow dos Santos and Mir in real time as the days wind down to the May 26 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Junior Dos Santos
“My first time here in Vegas was amazing for me. I look for the long lights, I look for the hotels. I used to watch that all the time on TV and now I was there, you know, seeing everything. You want to get opportunities to know everything that the world have for you. Vegas is one of the places the most people in the world wants to come. I feel happiness inside of me.”
“Doesn’t matter what he try to do, I got heart, fighter heart and I’m coming to win. I’m very worried about my life and the life of my family. We already had bad moments, very bad moments in our life so I don’t want those bad moments anymore in my life. Now I’m the champion I want to break records and I really believe I’m going to knock him (Mir) out.”
“Every time I step into the octagon I’m facing one of the world’s best fighters. You know if he connects a shot, there’s going to be a very miserable feeling, you know? So I don’t want to get hit by him, or, I want to limit it as much as possible. I can’t overlook the fact that he hits hard. You know, JDS thinks this is going to be a short night, he’s in for a rude awakening.”
“When it’s this close to the fight, it’s hard to keep my attention on anything. I’m constantly drifting off and fantasizing about, you know, walking to the octagon and hearing the crowd. I was on this side when I fought Brock, fought Nogueira I was on this side. What’s going to happen when this happens and what happens when that happens…and just constantly it runs through my mind thousands of times a day. I hear the buzzing of the machines and stuff, I hear honking from the street outside. I think sometimes people get nervous cause they try to make more out of something than it really is. This is just a cement floors and plastic chairs and there are two guys in the middle of fighting. Everything else, that’s layers on top of what the truth of it is.”