May 25th, 2012 By Pedro FernandezCHAMPION JUNIOR DOS SANTOS READY FOR ANYTHING FRANK MIR HAS!
San Francisco, CA- Having talked with UFC heavyweight (over 205 lbs) champion Junior Dos Santos, I can tell you that while he respects challenger and ex-champ Frank Mir, the (14-1) Brazilian is prepared to either knock Mir out standing or beat him down and force him to submit on the ground. The once-beaten champion who will be the featured guest in the second hour of “Ring Talk Boxing & MMA” on Saturday that airs from 11 AM to 1 PM PT right here at RingTalk.com LIVE, again while he’s aware of Frank Mir’s (17-5) outstanding ground game, Santos says he can beat Mir at his own game Saturday night when they tangle in Las Vegas, NV.
SOME THINK MIR IS A “MERE” SHELL OF FORMER SELF
While there are those who think Frank Mir has enough ground skills to make Dos Santos submit, as he has done to a variety of UFC stars, including Brock Lesnar, who by the way thumped Frank in a rematch, I’m not in that group. I think the champion has the fastest and best hands, meaning Dos Santos is the best “boxer” the UFC heavyweight division has ever seen, and that he will be able to thwart the takedown attempts by Mir and when the time is right, punch him into oblivion. Prediction: Dos Santos KO 1.
ODDS GUYS WERE WRONG LAST WEEK!
While most of the Las Vegas betting booths had Josh Barnett a favorite over Daniel Cormier, based on experience and his being the former UFC champ, they have installed Dos Santos as the betting favorite and in my almost 30-year tenure of perusing Las Vegas sports books, I don’t recall them being wrong two weekends in a row. What I’m trying to say is that I think Dos Santos is a solid bet to retain the most prestigious title in Mixed Martial Arts, the UFC heavyweight title.
CAIN VELASQUEZ VS. “THE GIANT” SILVA
There is no way of getting around my description of Antonio “The Giant” Silva (16-3) without hinting that he resembles a Neanderthal, meaning he looks like a giant gorilla! While some say he is 6’4, I thought he was closer to 6’7 and will own a huge size and considerable weight advantage over ex-champ Cain Velasquez. At 10-1, his lone loss to Dos Santos, the accomplished wrestler should be able to out speed and put Silva on his back. Not that Antonio cannot fight from a horizontal position as he is skilled in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as Karate, Muay Thai, and Judo. Still, the pick here is Velasquez who will either ground and pound Silva for a stop or lock him in a submission hold.
DANA WHITE BACK AT HELM!
After missing his first UFC event in 11 years a fortnight ago, UFC czar Dana White’s health related problems are under control to the point where he will be back being Dana today at the weigh in and for Saturday’s fights. The surgery that was White was about to undertake to alleviate a build up of fluid in the ear canals, causing vertigo, dizziness, headaches, the operation had the potential to rob White of his hearing. Thus, the decision was made to put him on medication which from all reports seems to have done the trick as White is back to being himself.
OPENING BOUTS ON FACEBOOK @ 4 PM PT
Featherweight (145 lbs) bout: Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda.
Light Heavyweight (205) bout: Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira.
Lightweight (155) bout: Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass.
MID CARD FIGHTS ON FX CABLE AT 5 PM PT
Welterweight (170) bout: Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig.
Middleweight (185) bout: Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway.
Lightweight (155) bout: Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner.
Featherweight (145) bout: Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins.
UFC 146 MAIN CARD ALL HEAVYWEIGHTS BEGINS AT 7 PM PT ON PAY PER VIEW
Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson.
Stipe Miočić vs. Shane del Rosario.
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva.
UFC championship bout: Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir.