Back before his big resurgence, Frank Mir had a bit of a rep for folding like a lawn chair when the going got rough. Junior Dos Santos has noticed this, and brought it up during their UFC Primetime series:
“He’s not a man. He gives up. Against Shane Carwin, he pretended he was hurt. He’s full of it.”
Frank Mir shrugged it off and fired right back:
“I think maybe that’s just an assessment, and maybe it also draws confidence on his part. You’ve got to realize, the guy just watched me break his coach’s arm after he thought he had me out,” Mir stated.
“That’s kind of a scary proposition for him because in his mind it’s ‘okay, so if I hit him and knock him down, can I jump and grab this guy?’ Nogueira, who has been doing (jiu-jitsu) longer than him and more proficient at it had him out and went to slap on a choke, and he still reversed my coach and swept him and got on top, and put him into a surgical room shortly after. Sometimes, I think you say things to also garner confidence.”
A lot more of Dos Santos’ confidence probably comes from the belt strapped around his waist, and the 10 dudes he delivered into another dimension with his striking. Mir may have proven he’s still got some fight left in him on the ground after getting knocked down, but I don’t think Dos Santos plans on switching to jiu jitsu once the fight goes there. His game typically involves hitting people in the face until the referee pulls him off.