“I don’t buy any of that ‘Gomi has been declining.’ I don’t believe that’s the case at all…From what I hear, it seems like it’s his last run. When you get a guy like that who says things like that, he’s a dangerous guy. He wants to make one last run at getting a belt in a major organization. He feels this is the toughest organization in the world, which it is, and he’s going out there for blood…I’m sure he’s going to be coming out hard, and try to make a name for himself right off the bat in this organization. I can’t have that. I’ve trained extremely hard, I’ve sacrificed a lot, and I’ve been around the game too long to know that you can’t take anyone lightly…I don’t mean this in a cocky way, but he’s going to have to respect me a lot more. I’m not sure he really knows what he’s dealing with. I’m not sure if he’s been following the UFC, or following my career or whatever, and he definitely doesn’t know what I’ve been up to in the last few months, but I feel like if he doesn’t come with his ‘A’ game, and if he feels like he’s the senior guy, or that he’s the legend, and he doesn’t respect me, I think he’ll be out of there pretty quick.”
—Kenny Florian talking to MMA Weekly about his UFC Fight Night 21 headlining fight against Takanori Gomi
I have no idea what to expect out of Takanori Gomi on Wednesday night. I haven’t seen any news coming out of his training camp, so it’s anyone’s guess what kind of shape he’s in. I do know Kenny Florian is focused, in-shape and made it his mission to evolve as a mixed martial artist after losing to BJ Penn. I can’t say the same for Gomi, which I why I’m taking Florian in this one. Who ya got?
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