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Kenny Florian vows to keep fighting, will return to lightweight in six months

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"I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it. I know myself and it's not even just being competitive, but it's just being there learning and competing. There's still very much a fire burning there so I'm going to do it.... I didn't get in this to be second-best, of course. But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion. I'm just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me. I think there's exciting fights out there for me, there's still challenges out there for me, there's still things I'd like to try to improve on and that's the main thing. I don't necessarily have the title in my eyes, but I do have my own personal goals as far as the technical level that I want to get to."

- Kenny Florian

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Post #1   10/23/11 9:57:31AM   

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He has a better chance against Edgar/Maynard/Melendez than he does against Penn/Aldo.

Good move.

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Post #2   10/23/11 10:04:29AM   

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Posted by Pookie

He has a better chance against Edgar/Maynard/Melendez than he does against Penn/Aldo.

Good move.



Agreed. Not to mention all the match ups this creates. Pettis vs. Florian anyone?

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Post #3   10/23/11 10:24:31AM   

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Didn't Maynard already dominate Florian? I don't think a rematch would go any differently.

Post #4   10/23/11 11:18:00AM   

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Good move
Maybe florian vs guillard will happen now

Post #5   10/23/11 12:19:32PM   

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tbh, i dont think it matters what weight class he goes to..LW's will out class him..Maynard, Edgar and Gilbert would all out-class him easily...

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I'm glad he's not getting pissy when he loses and "retires" like Pellegrino because Kenny can beat a lot of good fighters at 155 and 145, much more than a gatekeeper, he's a top 10 in two weight classes at one time thats a big accomplishment only a few have done (Penn, Hendo, Anderson).

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I made the suggestion to move back to LW after the loss to Aldo. I think it is a good move. His strength and muscles have been a key reason for his short comings and if he was to improve on those areas, he should be able to have better performances against the stronger and younger fighters.

I definitely think he can make one more title run.

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Before he retires I'd like a catchweight rematch between him & diego.

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Posted by quezocrema0032

Before he retires I'd like a catchweight rematch between him & diego.


As random as this is, when those two were both at lightweight I thought that would be a dream matchup between 2 and 3. Winner would rm BJ (back then). I kinda wish diego was still at lw...just like beej

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theres no reason for him to stop fighting. hes still a great fighter. u dont have to be the champion to have exciting fights and make lots of moneys

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Makes sense to me, The LW division has all beat each other, and cleaned out contenders.GSOT,etc. making an SF fighter a top 3-? idk maybe, but hopefully Florian and all these other fighter that are popular, can get better wrestling, so the Mixed can be back in MMA!
Florian would be a good style matchup for edgar, but Edgar can easily take anyone down, but often stands now.


i WANT

kenflo vs nate Diaz
dunham
guillard
ross pearson, and everyone Kenny hasnt fought at lw

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He did better than I thought he would against Aldo.

Probably shouldn't have given him a title shot so soon at FW.

He seems to be one of those older UFC guys in the spot where they can't win a title and might not be fighting much longer. Hughes, Franklin.

Just put on some exciting fights.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

He did better than I thought he would against Aldo.

Probably shouldn't have given him a title shot so soon at FW.

He seems to be one of those older UFC guys in the spot where they can't win a title and might not be fighting much longer. Hughes, Franklin.

Just put on some exciting fights.



I felt he did everything he should have done in the Aldo fight. He was simply too physically weak to get the job done.

Post #14   10/23/11 7:59:54PM   

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Maybe if he takes out a bunch more top contenders like he's been doing since even his early days people will stop acting like he is a mediocre choke artist.

LW is the way to go good for him. I think I would be very interested in a LAuzon rematch, hopefully main eventing a TV card so we could have 5 rounds of action.

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