“I think, generally, he hasn’t faced a guy who’s as well-rounded and experienced as I am. I’m going to bring well-rounded skills, experience and just see where the mystique lies. That’s it… He’s pretty unique and a very fast, explosive guy. His dangerous weapons are his legs and excellent footwork. He’s very, very fast and, I think, dangerous on the ground. He’s definitely a unique opponent, and I had to prepare differently for him for sure… I’ve trained my ass off for this fight, and I’m looking forward to going out there and competing hard.”
I won’t go as far as to say Kenny Florian “chokes in big fights” like Dana White did after he lost to Gray Maynard, but Florian definitely hasn’t performed to his potential when there’s a title on the line. He’s going to have to bring his A game this weekend though if he stands any chance of beating Jose Aldo. Even then, I’m not sure he can do it, but I’d at least like to see Florian leave it all in the cage this time. If he loses this title fight, who knows if he’ll ever get another one again.
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