In a recent interview with Brazilian fight magazine, Tatame, UFC heavyweight Junior Dos Santos stated a fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight belt is unjust considering Antonio “Minotauro” Noguiera’s position in the division’s pecking order.
“I think it isn’t fair, I think Rodrigo was closer to fight for the belt and that he should dispute, but as MMA don’t follow a ranking we have to move on according to UFC’s decisions,” Dos Santos declared.
Just little over a year ago both Frank Mir and Noguiera fought in a clash for the interim heavyweight belt at UFC 98; a fight that saw Mir come out as the victor due to superior stand-up and staph infection Noguiera had been battling leading up to the fight.
Despite his legitimacy issues with the bout between Mir and Carwin, “Cigano” admits both fighters are good contenders and plans on taking advantage of an opportunity to further analyze two fellow heavyweights who could be potential opponents in the future.
“It’s gonna be good, two contenders, tops on category, and it’s always good for we to analyze and know the opponents better,” he admitted. “It’s gonna be a good fight.”
When asked which fighter he thought would walk away with the belt, Dos Santos continued, “It’s hard… I think it’s gonna be the same with Frank Mir against (Cheick) Kongo. If the fight stands up, Carwin has more chances. I don’t have a favorite.”
The 25-year-old Brazilian prospect has thrown himself into the top of the heavyweight division by winning all of his UFC fights against opponents like Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro-Cop and most recently, Gilbert Yvel.