“I’m still not completely sold on dos Santos. (He hasn’t seen the UFC 131 fight between JDS/Carwin). I don’t know how well-rounded he is. Velasquez right now, though, I think is a hard match-up for everybody. I think he posses the one tool that is every heavyweight’s Achilles heel and that’s his cardio. It’s amazing that he has cardio on the same level as most Welterweights that are at the top of their cardio game. He’s shown to be extremely well-rounded as far as hands, takedowns. He threw Brock Lesnar around like a rag doll, I couldn’t believe it, I mean he out-struck him obviously but he picked him up and threw him down and I was blown away by that. Also, Brock with all that size and power couldn’t even hold him down once he had taken him down. So, right now, I’m pretty much if you tell me Cain Velasquez and anybody to name on the other end of that roster, I would bet on Cain Velasquez.”

— Frank Mir on Josh Gross’ podcast (via Fight Opinion) sharing his thoughts on Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez

Before we saw Junior dos Santos dominate Shane Carwin at UFC 131, I would have went with Cain Velasquez too and I probably still would if he wasn’t coming off major shoulder surgery. Even if Cain feels 100% physically when he steps in the cage with dos Santos, there’s still the mental block he’ll have to deal with, and against the JDS we saw the other night, I’m not sure Cain can win if he holds anything back. For that reason, I’m betting Junior dos Santos will be the new UFC heavyweight champion by the end of the year.

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