UFC 146: JDS vs. Mir LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on May 25, 2012, 11:48 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anton Gurevich: It’s no secret I’m a huge Frank Mir fan. I really admire Frank Mir as a fighter, and will find it hard to stay unbiased on Saturday night. Mir is the only “old school” Heavyweight currently competing on highest level; he belongs to an era of Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia, who all struggled to hold their place in the division. Match-up wise, I think Frank Mir lacks the speed and explosiveness in stand-up, but he’s definitely more diverse as a striker than JDS, and hits just as hard. As long as he’s not spamming for takedowns during the fight and stays confident on his feet, I think Frank Mir can shock the world with KO/TKO victory. So there you have it, my prediction is Frank Mir via KO/TKO in Round 2.
Evan Holober: Junior Dos Santos will beat Frank Mir. He punches too hard for the chin of Mir to hold up. His take down defense is too good for Mir's wrestling. His combinations are fast and accurate. His counter punching is nothing short of deadly. He trains with the Nogueira's daily, and also rolls with some of the best grapplers in Brazil so if the fight does go to the ground there's no guarantee Mir would pull a sub. He's fast, powerful, well-trained, and down right mean once he hits the mat. Frank's only chances will come from mistakes made by Junior. The problem for him is history doesn't point to any happening. Junior Dos Santos TKO 1.
Mike Searson:. I am going with Dos Santos by KO/TKO in the first round. Junior is hard to get to the ground and I don't see Mir being able to stand and bang with him. Mir has a chance in this one, but I see it as an extreme long shot. Both fighters tend to finish their bouts early, of his 15 career wins, 10 of Dos Santos' wins have been by KO/TKO and all of Mir's losses have been by KO/TKO. In perspective, Shane Carwin knocked out Mir two years ago, and Dos Santos knocked out Carwin almost a year later. While Mir is a master at submission (9 of his 17 wins), Dos Santos has only been submitted once, and that was 5 years ago.
Bryan Fontez: I'm gonna be honest here, this fight doesn't hold a candle to the original bout everyone was dying to see. JDS vs Overeem would have promised some serious fireworks of the striking variety. But let's not dwell on the past, Frank Mir is a very good fighter with the ability and potential to defeat almost any Heavyweight on the planet earth. But unfortunately for Frank, Junior Dos Santos is not one of them. I'll be cheering for Mir because I like him and have a serious interest in seeing upsets. I also have a massive respect for Mir's skills and truly believe he's probably the best grappler in the heavyweight division, but submission skills aren't going to help you when you have two heavy, light-speed, iron-like fists flying at your face repeatedly. In a recent face-2-face interview on FOX News, Junior Dos Santos predicted he'd knockout his opponent in the second round... And I predict that he is correct. Junior Dos Santos via KO Round 2.
Daniel Cassidy: This is the toughest prediction I've had to make yet. This heavyweight fight features my favorite fighter of all time, two-time champ Frank Mir against one of the most exciting fighters we've seen at 265 lbs – Junior dos Santos. With Mir's exceptional submission skills and tactics, he’s more than a worthy challenger, while Dos Santos possesses a scary hand speed and KO power to knock out anyone. I think everyone agrees that JDS has an advantage in stand-up, just like Frank Mir would be more effective on the ground. However, I know if not met any of you, and this is crazy, but I think Frank Mir wins, via Submission, baby! Frank Mir via Sub in Round 2.
Mike Drahota: It will be very interesting to see how Junior dos Santos responds to all of the media attention surrounding his first title defense. He seems to have adjusted well, with a humble, down-to-earth attitude. Frank Mir has been in the spotlight for some time now, but that most likely will not be enough to gain an advantage over dos Santos. “Cigano” possesses arguably the best boxing in MMA, and the footwork, power, and takedown defense to match. While coming a long way in his quest to be a well-rounded Heavyweight, Frank Mir simply cannot match the striking of dos Santos. Mir will not find it easy to take this fight down to the ground where he holds the perceived advantage. I think this fight has the makings of a quick, brutal battle. I know it's the popular choice, but I still have to go with Junior dos Santos via 1st round (T)KO.
@LowKick_MMA I'm going with my boy Frank he is best when odds are stacked against him!
— phil baroni (@philbaroni) May 25, 2012
@LowKick_MMA Primetime and Countdown made me believe Frank has a shot, I'll be pulling for him, but I'd have to pick JDS by TKO Rd 1
— Cyril Jeff(@theCyrildotcom) May 25, 2012
@LowKick_Anton Anything can happen in a HW fight. I am picking JDS because I feel his handspeed & take down defense will be too much for Mir
— mark miller (@fightshark_com) May 24, 2012