MMA Mind Power’s UFC 146 Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir Breakdown


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir at UFC 146
And the Mind Power goes to…

MMA Mind PowerSaturday, May 26, the UFC will be providing one of the most amazing cards ever at UFC 146. Not only will we be blessed with the potentially explosive dos Santos vs. Mir fight which promises to be one of the greatest heavyweight bouts ever, but the UFC went all out with a stacked card all the way from the very bottom of it. The long awaited return of Dan Hardy, the make-or-break fight for Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and the probable spectacular performance from Edson Barboza, Jr. would already be enough to make up a great event.

On top of that, we get Roy Nelson with his continuous journey to his slimmer and more established self, Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva both with loads to prove to themselves, and then the epic main event.

So let’s look at the main event and which of the two heavyweights has the Mind Power.

Junior dos Santos

Junior dos Santos vs Frank Mir UFC 146Junior is one of those fighters that is immensely humble, dedicated, and keeps his feet anchored down to the ground. He does not get involved in hype wars and he does not get lost in fame clouds. This is certainly one very positive aspect of his personality and will play in the champ’s favor on Saturday night.

The one not so positive thing is the fact that JDS’ only loss came by way of armbar. Also consider the fact that Mir defeated dos Santos’ hero and trainer Nogueira via devastating Kimura, which ended up breaking the Brazilian’s arm. This may represent a negative association for the champ and may require extra work on his confidence.

Frank Mir

The only very positive aspect of Mir’s personality is his seemingly apathetic attitude in most competitive situations. This is most probably the result of his long career in wrestling, where athletes often have to travel long distances, wait long periods of time in venues, and then fight whoever they are given to fight, often several fights in one day. This type of experience tends to condition an athlete’s mind for the better and allows him to remain more apathetic to other aspects. And Mir sure has long experience. In one year (1998), he went 44-1 in his wrestling career and won the state championship.

The other element to his favor is the win over Nogueira, which is certainly a confidence booster for the challenger. Beating your opponent’s master at his own game gives you that feeling that boosts your confidence a few big notches.

Conclusion

In terms of Mind Power, we give this one to Mir when it comes to confidence and being calm going into the fight. Mir will feel, in our opinion, more confident and more positive about the outcome of the fight. However, we believe that as the fight unfolds, Junior dos Santos will gain more and more confidence if he can keep the fight standing and this can potentially frustrate Mir.

If Mir can cut the distance early, this might not be an issue, but if the UFC heavyweight champ can keep Mir away at mid-range for more than two rounds, we feel that the balance will tip and Cigano will steel all the Mind Power and get the W.

Our Fight Pick

Junior dos Santos

view original article >>

Related News

  • 14 days ago
  • 1090 views

Will the fifteenth time be the charm? Alistair Overeem will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he faces Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 50, which is scheduled for Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Conn., on Sept. 5, 2014. Overeem -- who is now 100-percent healthy -- recently returned to the win column at UFC 169 with a decision win over Frank Mir after suffering back-to-back losses to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne in 2013. He'll look to make it two straight wins when he faces more

  • 13 days ago
  • 48 views

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is set to return to the Octagon on September 5th when he faces Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 50, but this time something will be different. While much of his more recent U.S. run was done as part of the Blackzilians camp, now Overeem returns to the cage as part (for now) as a student of the famed duo of Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While things clearly didn't work out Overeem in Florida with the Blackzilians, the former Strikefor more

  • 13 days ago
  • 72 views

Former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem still wants a piece of former UFC heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos, even though his next opponent is already booked. The Reem briefly mentioned his desire to square off with the Brazilian power puncher when he appeared on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, per Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting. "I'm focused and I want to really fight," Overeem said. "I'm very optimistic [a bout with dos Santos] is going to come and I want it to come. I could see more

  • 12 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem discusses his upcoming fight with Ben Rowthwell, and why he believes a fight with Junior dos Santos may be on the horizon. Ben Rothwell may be the lowest ranked heavyweight that Alistair Overeem has faced since he joined the UFC ranks, but after playing with fire one too many times, the Dutch kickboxer is not prepared to take any "265lb beast" lightly. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion is scheduled to meet Rothwell at UFC Fight Night: Connecticut this c more

  • 22 hours ago
  • 10 views

Stipe Miocic still wants to fight Junior dos Santos, and that feeling is mutual. Former UFC champion "Cigano" hasn’t fought since his third bout with heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez in October, and the knockout artist told MMAFighting.com he’s hoping to face Miocic in his return to the Octagon later this year. "I saw this October card in Rio as a possibility," dos Santos said of the UFC 179 card scheduled for Oct. 25 in Rio de Janeiro, "but my coaches think it’s too soon to be back because I’ more

  • 21 hours ago
  • 16 views

Admit it, the UFC heavyweight division just isn't the same without "Cigano" knocking people out every three months. We miss you! Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos is slowly but surely returning from the injury that knocked him from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" mixed martial arts (MMA) event earlier this year in Brazil. He stranded Stipe Miocic on FOX Sports 1, who went on to flatten Fabio Maldonado. The good news is, both fighters are more

  • 5 days ago
  • 4 views

Stipe Miocic still wants that fight with Junior dos Santos. The Cleveland-based heavyweight had what he thought was his potential breakthrough fight when he was scheduled to meet the former UFC heavyweight champion on May 31 in Brazil. But dos Santos had to pull out of the bout with a broken hand, and Miocic instead went on to record a fast knockout of Fabio Maldonado, who was coming up from light heavyweight on short notice. So with nothing else on his agenda at the moment, the 12-1 Miocic says more

  • 2 days ago
  • 30 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog more

  • 21 hours ago
  • 183 views

"Cigano" believes Overeem and Barnett called him out just to promote their names; says he's up to fight Stipe Miocic. Junior dos Santos, who was recently called out to fight Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett, isn't interested in either of them for his next bout on the octagon. Interviewed by Tatame.com.br, 'Cigano' remembered that "The Reem" had his chance to make a fight between them happen and mentioned that the Dutch Heavyweight will face Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Souza, on more