In a little more than three weeks UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos will defend his title for the first time against a man who never quite got the chance to feel that pressure after winning the gold, Frank Mir. Mir earned the strap in 2004 before having to relinquish it due to the recovery period from a devastating motorcycle accident.
Dos Santos has overcome adversity in his life as well, rising from extreme poverty to become the top heavyweight in MMA today.
Given the amount of emotion each man undoubtedly has invested in their main event match-up at UFC 146 perhaps it is fitting the UFC chose to go the route they did for a new preview promoting the May 26 bout where a stirring score accompanies highlights from the fighters’ most-recent outings as seen through the public’s eye. No bad blood, no bragging – just two of the best getting ready to go at it at one of the year’s biggest PPVs.
Main Card (PPV)
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Shane del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Preliminary Card (FX)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Jacob Volkmann vs Paul Sass
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda