Junior dos Santos (Pictured) has never been known for bumping his gums. However, as he enters his first UFC heavyweight title defense, the Brazilian hasn’t been shy about expressing his thoughts on some of Frank Mir’s shortcomings.
During Wednesday’s media workouts, dos Santos didn’t back away from his criticism, which included claiming Mir had no heart and that he isn’t a real man, but he reiterated there’s a certain aura of invincibility professional fighters must have in order to succeed and slighting his opponent was a way in getting to where he needed to be mentally.
“He’s already proven he’s good, but what I put in my mind is, ‘I’m better than him.’ That’s what I have to think, that’s what I’m gonna be thinking the day of the fight,” dos Santos shared.
The likable slugger stated that donning the UFC crown hasn’t changed him in the least. All of the pre-fight banter between the two is a necessity in selling pay-per-views, and at times, some of his comments were lost in translation. However, dos Santos said he won’t be needing Rosetta Stone come Saturday because he’ll be carrying two universal messengers with him into the Octagon.
“When you talk a lot, you just talk. I prefer to let my fists talk for me,” dos Santos flatly said. “When my fists talk for me, everybody understands. This language (raising his right haymaker), everybody can understand me.”
On the flipside, “Cigano” understands English much better than he can speak it and knows Mir could also have him unconscious on the canvas if he’s not cautious.
“He’s got pretty good skills standing up and you have to be very careful with that,” he expressed. “In this division, especially in this division, there’s too much power involved so when you get punched in the face it’s not good.”
Dos Santos is right, vicious bombs are a universal language. Mental note: Face-to-fist defense is no bueno.
UFC 146 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The heavyweights headline the PPV broadcast.