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Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson? Florian Eyes Frankie Edgar Instead

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ESPN's Franklin McNeil (grrooooaaannnn) has talked to both Florian and Edgar. Both, it seems, believe they need a fight with each other to earn a shot at BJ Penn's title. Notable quote:

"Like Kenny, I want to fight the best in my division and right now he might be the No. 1 contender. So, fighting him is kind of a no-brainer. I want to get one [fight] in before the year is out. I would prefer November, but I would wait around to fight Kenny in December."

As for having his name mentioned prominently by Florian? That's fine by Edgar.

"It kind of gives me some recognition," Edgar said. "For a guy like Kenny to consider me as a formidable opponent; he's fought for the title and he's on a lot of people's list for a possible future title shot. So, it's good for me.

"I don't think Kenny's really calling me out; he's just making a statement that he wants to fight tough opponents."

Florian and Edgar are friends. The dropping of Edgar's name was not a show of disrespect by Florian.

"As an athlete, I have a lot of respect for [Frankie Edgar] for what he's accomplished," Florian said. "I respect him as a fighter and a person.

"It was the same with Roger Huerta. I had nothing against Roger; I liked Roger. But he was the best opponent available at the time. … It's nothing personal.

"I want to fight Frankie because he's a great fighter. That's the most important thing. It's about respect, and beating someone like Frankie Edgar will get me more respect."


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Post #1   8/21/08 12:46:40AM   

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Hmm, seems maynard is getting the shaft here, he just beat edgar now frankies lining up a number one contender match?

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Post #2   8/21/08 6:33:53AM   

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^^ I agree, bizarre I say Florian and Maynard makes more sense

Post #3   8/21/08 8:21:58AM   

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I say Florian vs Penn makes even more sense.

Post #4   8/21/08 9:16:33AM   

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i say kenny wins by what ever he wants
but he should already get his title shot ken flo is a gamer and true fighter like lidell and anderson silva, gsp they will fight who ever and when ever. unlike karo

Post #5   8/21/08 10:22:08AM   

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Why can't they just bring on Penn/Florian already??? I'd say Florian loses against Edgar though...

Post #6   8/21/08 12:34:13PM   

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this is crazy.

rumors of florian vs stevenson, but bj isnt going to fight gsp in dec, but still wants to fight and florian wants to fight edgar and then rich is set up to face gray.

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Posted by Aaronno9

Hmm, seems maynard is getting the shaft here, he just beat edgar now frankies lining up a number one contender match?




Grays only win thtas worth mention is over edgar ... edgar has 3 big wins ovre tyson griffin (whos ahead of gray) spencer fisher and hermes francas ... even tho gray beat him edgar is still ahead in the ranks ... if gray beats no love then he will begin getting serious contender fights like edgar has earned ... and when gray beat edgar it wasnt a fight in which he killed edgar he only won cause hes soooo much bigger

Post #8   8/21/08 5:16:26PM