Last night, immediately following the tenth episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live, the UFC aired the first installment of UFC Primetime: dos Santos vs. Mir. This latest version of the series focuses on Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir ahead of their UFC 146 title fight later this month.
Due to Alistair Overeem’s drug test dust-up with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, former champion Mir was awarded the title shot against current heavyweight kingpin Junior dos Santos. In what will be his first attempted title defense, dos Santos will be facing a man that has defeated his mentor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, twice in brutal fashion (most recently snapping the Brazilian legend’s humerus in one of the most spectacular fights of 2011). Though dos Santos has insisted that this fight isn’t about avenging Big Nog, he gives some evidence to the contrary in the video below.
UFC 146 is scheduled to take place on May 26 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will feature a main card stacked with heavyweight bouts only. Mir enters into the bout with dos Santos on a three-fight winning streak, while dos Santos has gone unbeaten in nine consecutive outings.
The next two UFC Primetime: dos Santos vs. Mir episodes will air on FX on subsequent Friday nights: May 18 and 25, respectively.