Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir: Why Mir Will Shock the World

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMay 26, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Frank Mir of Las Vegas, Nevada speaks at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  Mir will face Shane Carwin of Denver, Colorado in the INterim heavyweight title bout.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Frank Mir might have his back against the wall in his upcoming fight with Junior Dos Santos, but such a scenario is nothing new for the UFC legend.

Mir has seen his fair share of big, bad opponents in his day and has been around long enough to know there is no fight he can't handle. Dos Santos might look unbeatable to many, and rightfully so. He's dominated the majority of his opponents.

But Mir is no stranger to upsets. His victory over Brock Lesnar was the most recent shocking win of his career. Coming back from a motorcycle accident, Mir was thought to be just another warm-up fight for Lesnar on his road to greatness.

It seemed Lesnar would be physically too strong for the submission-specialist Mir, and that the then-former WWE star would just pummel and ultimately steamroll his competition.

The savvy Mir found a way to get that fight to a place of his liking and subsequently shocked the world and knocked off Lesnar with a foot lock.

This fight against Dos Santos isn't nearly the same circumstance physically speaking, but it looks equally difficult for Mir to win. Dos Santos has downright pounded other fighters since entering the Octagon and will look to do the same against Mir.

Much like he did against Lesnar, Mir will have to wait for his time and possibly take a beating in the process. But if he remains patient, Mir has a special ability to make the most out of the smallest mistake.

Dos Santos must fight a perfect fight if he doesn't want to succumb to Mir's talents. But even Cigano makes mistakes sometimes and that opens the door for Mir to surprise the MMA world once again.