Former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir discussed the UFC 155 rematch between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. He praised both fighters but had some very particular criticism for the ground game of Junior dos Santos.
Former UFC Heavyweight champ Frank Mir spoke to Studio MMA at the 2012 World MMA Awards and got him to open up about the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos rematch from UFC 155. MMA Mania transcribed the interview and got some choice quotes:
"Everybody says Junior has submissions on the ground, I think after now we can go close the book on that, after 25-minutes he went for zero attempts, so.
"Even losing he didn't jump for nothing, so. I think that after the second or third round of being taken down, I expected him to do something else besides stand up again. I think that, you know, knowing, you know, on the feet he's obviously looking for the knockout, then why on the ground aren't you looking for the knockout submission?
"If you're taken down why aren't you still moving your hips to go and move for things? But obviously just things he probably doesn't do very well because I think he's a victim of his own success. He's so successful at boxing and avoiding the ground, he probably honestly I mean how much training does the guy do on the ground? It was pretty evident in the fight not a lot. "
When he wasn't talking about dos Santos' submission game, or lack thereof, Mir had nice things to say about dos Santos and lots of nice things to say about Velasquez. Read more at MMA Mania.
Junior beat Mir badly at UFC 146 in May. Mir wasn't able to get JDS on the ground before losing by 2nd round TKO.
Mir is expected to welcome Daniel Cormier to the UFC. He had been set to face DC in a November Strikeforce event but he was injured and the card was cancelled.