Literally the biggest card in UFC history takes center cage Saturday night when the promotion hosts its first ever all-heavyweight main card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, highlighted with a championship match between champ Junior Dos Santos and Las Vegan Frank Mir.
“Fans have been going nuts for this all-heavyweight card. There’s going to be over 2400 pounds of heavyweights on the main card—something we’ve never done in the history of the UFC,” UFC president Dana White said.
“You’ve got 10 of the baddest men on the entire planet all going at it.”
In addition to Dos Santos trying to make his first title defense, and Mir trying to grab his third gold belt, former champ Cain Velasquez takes on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the co-main event. Fellow Las Vegan Roy Nelson battles Dave Herman, while Stipe Miocic vs. Shane Del Rosario and Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson round out the pay-per-view card.
Few in the division would argue that Dos Santos is the sport’s best striker boxer and the burly Brazilian predicted a quick fight during Friday’s weigh-ins.
“I’m ready for this fight. If he’s not ready, it’s going to be a fast night,” said dos Santos (14-1 MMA record, 8-0 UFC), who weighed in 20 pounds lighter than Mir (261 pounds) on Friday at 239 pounds.
Mir (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), a submission specialist, agreed with the champ that their two styles should make for an exciting finish.
“Both of us are first-round fighters,” Mir said. “I think it will be a fast and explosive fight.”