Top heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos is best known for his striking prowess, and namely for his boxing. The Brazilian slugger, who is currently a frontrunner for a shot at champion Cain Velasquez’s title, earned eight of his twelve wins by either KO or TKO; his striking offense is what his opponents are concerned with.
However, former champion Frank Mir isn’t convinced that “Cigano” has the best stand up in the division and he recently explained why to FightHub.tv.
“I don’t know right now,” said Mir when asked who’s the best striker in the heavyweight division. “But, dos Santos, that’s the one thing in his fight that I saw: very limited, he’s very boxing orientated. There were times in the Roy [Nelson] fight where he made a lot of strategic mistakes, where I’m like, ‘Wow, do this! Do that!,’ but he was so keen on throwing hands and he has great hands — I think Cain Velasquez is actually more of a threat on his feet. Because, if you think about it, he goes hands, good hands, good feet, and you have that threat of being taken down at any time and I consider that part of the stand up game. If you wanna go just pure striking, Cheick Kongo is a pretty phenomenal striker with hands and feet. I don’t think people really wanna — even myself — if I fought him a second time, I’m not gonna sit there and go, ‘Ahhh, I’m gonna walk through this guy.’ He’s still very tough on his feet.”
Currently vying for his own shot at the title, Mir will first have to get past Roy Nelson this weekend at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill before he can see his goals of regaining the heavyweight strap realized.
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