Junior Dos Santos: ‘Frank Mir Lacks Heart’

May 17, 2012
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Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir
Hype vs. reality.

It’s a part of the game that comes along with building up to any major fight. UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen hates the word hype because he feels like when a fighter says something just to build up the anticipation to a big bout, they are essentially lying to everyone and not revealing their true feelings.

So it did come as a surprise when UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, who has remained a fairly quiet and reserved individual throughout his time in past interviews, seem to blast opponent Frank Mir with some pretty rigid comments heading into UFC 146.

During the first episode of UFC Primetime, Dos Santos ripped into Mir for failing to rebound in tough situations during past fights.

“He’s not a man, he gives up,” said Dos Santos. “Against Shane Carwin he pretended he was hurt, he’s full of it.”

For his part, Frank Mir believes that his latest opponent is just trying to learn the art of trash talking, and currently he’s receiving a failing grade.

“No one likes to hear anything negative said about them, but I just broke down on why he said what he said when he backed it up on certain fights and I looked at it. I have no issues with my matches so I just took it as him trying to sell the fight, and try to stir the pot,” Mir said on Thursday.

“Dos Santos I think has done better as far as a fighter in the Octagon, than he has as far as trying to sell the fights. So it’s something he’s new at and maybe not very successful with.”

Is Dos Santos just trying to sell this fight? Is this hype or reality talking?

Well, the UFC’s reigning heavyweight champion had the chance to recant those statements on Thursday and he wasn’t about to back off. In fact, he reiterated his initial comments and put a big exclamation point on the end.

“I don’t promote fights by talking trash. What I say, I say because I believe it. I confirm and I stand by what I said and what I meant by that remark is that I feel Frank Mir lacks heart and lacks the ability to perceive through tough spots in a fight,” Dos Santos stated.

“That’s my personal opinion, that’s what I truly believe.”

Dos Santos points out that anything he says is what he feels or believes, and it’s never embellished to try and sell a fight. There’s nothing for sale here, this is what Dos Santos thinks about Frank Mir, and he can like it or not, but it’s not changing.

“I don’t say things just to sell fights,” said Dos Santos. “I’m not a trash talker, I never will be. If I said it, that’s my true opinion.”

Dos Santos will get the chance to back up those words when he meets Frank Mir in the main event of UFC 146 next weekend.

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  • atmosphere

    as much as I like Dos Santos, Mir’s last fight proves his statement wrong. he’s just probably bitter that Mir snapped his BJJ’s coach’s arm in half…

  • joan

    I agree. If there is one thing that Mir has show in his last fights is Heart, not a lot of skills, but heart indeed.

    • artiegarrelli


  • shereko

    Funny you’d think Big Nog would be the expert at knowing this isn’t true… he should have had Mir in the last one, and Mir fought back for that sub, pretty much the same thing the first time before Nog got KO’ed… I like Nog, JDS and Mir… Kinda sad the Brazilians are saying this.

  • This is just fight buildup…

    • Lesnardo

      Too bad that for JDS vs Overeem, neither fighter had the need to build up anything.

      JDS = monster
      Overeem = monster because of roids but nonethelss a monster

      Mir = not a monster with or without roids.

      • shereko

        I think when you whoop Kongo, beat Roy, and snap Nogs arm… Yup you’re a monster.

        • Lesnardo

          Kongo + Roy + Nog = Monster


          Monster – Cruz – Freeman – Vera – Brock – Carwin = not a monster

  • tomkevill

    the best part is hearing nog talk down on mir’s abilities in the primetime after being knocked out and submitted by the guy lol. I think dos santos is getting pretty cocky and disrespectful for someone who hasnt defended the title yet. just my opinion though.

    • jessemalloy

      I think so too honestly. When this fight was announced I was a JDS fan all the way and couldn’t stand Mir. Then I started to do my homework and listened to a few interviews with each guy and finally after watching primetime, I think I’m rooting for Mir on this one. Crazy to see myself type that lol

    • Lesnardo

      I dunno. JDS is definitely acting out of character but he’s fighting the Big Mouth.

      I just hope after JDS knocks Mir out, he grabs the mic and says, “Mir is a nobody. He got killed by Brock, Carwin, and me. And Cain and Overeem would kill him too. His only meaningful wins are over Tim Sylvia, Brock Lesnar (to whom he got destroyed the second time, and my master Nog (in the second fight Frank was wobbled). So everyone, please tell Frank Mir that he is a nobody.”

  • Lesnardo

    Who cares????

    JDS will beat the crap out of Mir and Mir will start saying stuff like, “I don’t make excuses. I think my weakness was X, Y, (too things that are not terribly relevant) and maybe the fact that JDS is better than me.”

    P.S. X = I underestimated JDS because of his lack of ground game. I just didn’t think about his stand up.

    Y = JDS is smaller than me so I thought I could muscle him. But in doing that I forgot that I am a slick fighter.

    • macgrubber

      wow seems like some1 is a little jelly of mir. Or in love with JDS. Get over it plz your embarrassing urself. mir has a chance no matter how much u rage kid.

  • TKD

    Hopefully this is Mir’s LAST TITLE FIGHT!!!!

  • fightcrazy

    Frank Mir has more heart then any other fighter in the UFC. This guy has come back from a career ending injury to be the longest lasting HW in the UFC. Not only that but he has retained his position in the HW division as top 3. Not too bad from a guy who wasn’t suppose to walk without a limp never mind fighting professional MMA against the toughest competition in the world. Yep he ain’t guy heart, just ask Big Nog. That is the lamest and most transparent thing I have heard in a very long time. Good Luck Frank Mir, keep your hands up, chin tucked and take him the fuck out.

  • Fatty Turnbuckle

    Big Mir fan but here’s the reality. #1 Mir will try to strike with JDS which is a colossal mistake. #2 Mir couldn’t take JDS down anyway. #3 Mir has not figured out the big, strong guys that are very active/aggressive in the cage. Bottom line, Frank would have to do something very different, something other than what he’s done his last four or five fights to pull this off. Big Mir fan, but I don’t see this fight lasting more than a round or two.

  • adam1848

    Mir has plenty of heart…just lacks chin. But here is the sad part, fans (not me, but apparently many) like guys who talk trash. I don’t get it, but look at the facts. Guys who run their mouth get more attention than guys who don’t. Chael Sonnen is one of the most boring fighters in the sport, but he is such a master of the hype, he manages to convince people he is exciting.

    Since entering the WEC in 2007, Chael has only finished one fight, and it was against a great guy with great heart, but no ground game. Chael is the epitome of a lay and pray fighter, but he is the best at running his mouth, so even though he has a nearly identical record to Jon Fitch in that same period, people believe the quiet Fitch is boring, and the loud mouth Sonnen isn’t.

    JDS is just trying to fit in.

  • dgs

    “Frank Mir has more heart then any other fighter in the UFC. This guy has come back from a career ending injury to be the longest lasting HW in the UFC.”

    Quoted for truth. Not sure what Dos Santos is getting at, but saying Frank Mir doesn’t have heart is factually not true.

    I am a bit surprised to hear Dos Santos talking like this, as I always thought he was a classy fighter who avoided engaging in that kind of childish crap. Dos Santos’ skills do his talking for him in the octagon, there is no need for him to trash talk Mir.

    I like Mir, but I think he has very little chance of winning this fight.

  • I’m disappointed by this. I really like Cigano and one of the reasons why is that he is respectful and let’s his fists do the talking.
    It is probably because of Mir dominating Big Nog, still, I wish he would go back to keeping his mouth shut.
    P.S. Say lay and pray and I stop reading immediately. Only people that dislike MMA (MIXED Martial Arts) think wrestling is boring.

    • adam1848

      The whole point of the phrase “lay and pray” is to point out the lack of MIXED martial arts in a fighters game. Wrestling is an incredible base (debatably the best) from which to begin developing the well rounded striking and BJJ skills that makes someone a complete Mixed Martial Artist, and in my opinion, an entertaining fighter to watch. I am a huge fan of wrestling, when it is used as part of a well rounded game plan, and is not the entire game plan itself. But also, I even like guys like Fitch, not because I think he is very exciting, but because he doesn’t try to hype himself up into something he isn’t. P.S> Maybe if you continued reading after seeing one phrase you don’t care for, you would gain a better understanding of the actual point people are trying to make with their posts, which in this case, had nothing to do with wrestling.

      • adam1848

        Also, no disrespect intended. I can’t stand the people who come on here trying to start keyboard fights with other people…just attempting to clarify myself, as I believe it was my post you were responding to. Cheers.