Jon Anik and Kenny Florian give a brief preview of this coming weekend’s event.
Former UFC title contender Kenny Florian made the trip over to China for the UFC’s first event in the country last year.
Now, as part of a series of web chats with Fighters.com, Florian is offering up his take on if he sees the sport of MMA taking off in the country as it has elsewhere.
Kenny Florian recently sat down with the fine folks over at Fighters.com to discuss a number of subjects, including the films that helped shape his MMA career.
Orthopedic surgeon Robert Klapper, who operated on Anderson Silva in 2009, talks about knee injuries that have been plaguing many MMA fighters.
Kenny gives his take on what Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz must do to win this Saturday.
Kenny Florian walks us through some of Dan’s time spent at Tri-Star.
In an interview with the official UFC website recently, Kenny Florian discussed his one career regret.
While most would quickly point to Florian’s losses in UFC title matches, the semi-retired fighter went in a different direction.
If there is one regret, I wish that I came to compete against Diego Sanchez…I feel like I beat myself before anyone else. I feel like I went out there and let the moment beat me. I don’t know what would have happened in that fight, but I didn’t compete; that was not me out there. I went out there and I was a nervous wreck. Before I knew what was happening, I was mounted and bloodied up. I wish that – if there was one thing I could take back – that I could just go out there and compete, and just fight him.
Florian was just 2-1 at the time of the Sanchez bout, and was defeated in the first round for the title of Ultimate Fighter. He went on, however, to compete three times for UFC championships.
Since a 2011 decision loss to Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title, Florian (14-6) has worked extensively with the UFC on Fuel TV and Fox.
Kenny Florian was asked his take on the UFC’s decision to grant Chael Sonnen a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title over several other worthy contenders during a recent episode of UFC Tonight.
They’re saying, ‘Guys, you’ve got to step up and fight.’ Chael did it at short notice in a different weight class. And look at what’s happened to Lyoto Machida now. He’s been pushed to the back of the line and now he’s got to wait.
Sonnen was given the opportunity over the likes of Machida, Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Sonnen’s last fight was vs. Anderson Silva, a bout he lost for the UFC middleweight title.
Sonnen and Jon Jones will compete on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and are being booked to face off in April. UFC president Dana White did say the decision was also based around Jones’ injury, which will keep him sidelined until early next year.
Florian is a former multi-time contender to UFC gold, competing in several weight classes.
Kenny and Jon talk about UFC 153′s main event.
UFC Tonight analyst Kenny Florian knows what it’s like to be the underdog heading into title matches.
Florian offered up his take on this coming Saturday night’s Jon Jones-Vitor Belfort fight at UFC 152 for the UFC light heavyweight title recently.
Without a doubt, (Belfort) has a chance. They call him ‘The Phenom’ for a reason. This is the kind of guy who really could match Jon Jones from the talent department and that is really something we probably haven’t seen before. Anytime you get that kind of talent and athleticism that Belfort (has), he can beat anyone in the world. And if he is on at UFC 152, that is a scary fight.
Many have questioned Belfort’s selection to face Jones, but he is a former UFC champion.
What kind of odds do you give Belfort? Good, bad, or not a chance?