Junior dos Santos called his own shot. After predicting a second-round TKO victory over Frank Mir in the lead-up to UFC 146, dos Santos delivered just that, ending his first title defense with a vicious salvo of punches midway through the second frame.
It was a fitting cap to the UFC's all-heavyweight main card. With five finishes clocking in under a 22-minute total runtime, the night was as explosive as many predicted. But ultimately dos Santos stood above the rest, defending his throne, leaving a battered and bruised Mir with no out but defeat.
"Not bad for a nice guy, huh?" the elated champ quipped afterward. Not bad at all, and while "Cigano" celebrated his victory inside the cage, his fellow fighters flooded to Twitter to rave about the violence they had just witnessed.
Dos Santos was impressive as always but Mir looked tough & well trained. JDS is a damn monster!!! #UFC146 delivered!!!— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) May 27, 2012
@thefrankmir You showed a lot of heart tonight you are a true champ— Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell) May 27, 2012
@junior_cigano vc é um orgulho se mantenha humilde vc é um verdadeiro campeão parabens— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) May 27, 2012
Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) May 27, 2012
Fair play to Mir, took it like a man.— michael (@bisping) May 27, 2012
JDS called that himself, looked great! Great guy, happy for him...— Jorge Rivera (@Jorge_Conquista) May 27, 2012
Frank Mir was so drunk at the end of the 1st round . He could've been the first guy to every get a DUI the cage #UFC146— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) May 27, 2012
Need to see Mark Hunt vs JDS next, great fight card tonight— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) May 27, 2012
Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) May 27, 2012
Wow— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) May 27, 2012
Ramsey Nijem (@RamseyNijem) May 27, 2012
Damn... Cigano wants to torture Mir!!!!!!!!!!! No merci!!!!!!!!— Siyar Bahadurzada (@SiyarTheGreat) May 27, 2012
Cigano doesn't only hit hard... He lands THE cleanest strikes in all of MMA!!!!!!— Siyar Bahadurzada (@SiyarTheGreat) May 27, 2012
Mark Bocek (@MarkBocek) May 27, 2012
Just cause you got feelings doesn't mean they are correct.But why wouldn't frank try harder to get it to the ground— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 27, 2012
Proud of ya @thefrankmir head ....high buddy— Seth Petruzelli (@silverbackseth) May 27, 2012
Damn, some good fights! Dos Santos a beast. Still wanna see Hunt vs Dos Santos. What do ya reckon?— Jamie Te Huna (@JamesTeHuna) May 27, 2012
Consolation prize:) thank you for all the support , I will be back twitter.com/thefrankmir/st…— Frank Mir UFC (@thefrankmir) May 27, 2012