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Tuesday, 11/19/2013, 07:34 am

Kenny Florian: UFC 167 Controversy Taking Away From A Classic Fight

Former three-time title contender and UFC color commentator Kenny Florian is among the minority in the MMA media who believes that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre deserved to go home with the belt after his controversial title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.

“Everyone’s been saying I’m crazy and I’m biased. Now, I could be a little bit biased– obviously this is my former training partner and my buddy, and I always do my best to try to take away that bias,” Florian said on an episode of mmajunkie radio.

Florian has trained with St. Pierre in the past at Tristar Gym, and thought the champ won the first, third, and fifth rounds, exactly how judges Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks scored the fight.

Watching it live, I feel like the controversial round is the first round, and I had it for GSP,” Florian said. “I had it 1, 3 and 5 for GSP. That’s the way I had it when I called it live.”

“It’s so difficult watching it live… The first was close, and the third round, Johny got that takedown. Georges was able to get back to his feet,” Florian said. “But I think the fight statistics show the first round was the closest. They each got a takedown. But I’m glad I’m not a judge, let’s put it that way.”

Florian said he felt the tension was palpable before the fight, and said “you knew something big was going to happen. It just kind of had that feel in the arena.”

Florian believes that the controversy takes away from the fact that it was a classic fight against two true champions.

“It was such an amazing fight that I feel like the controversy over the decision is taking away from how great of a championship fight that was and how great of a night that was,” Florian said. “Both men performed like champions in this one, and both men were truly, truly tested.”

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79 Comments to Kenny Florian: UFC 167 Controversy Taking Away From A Classic Fight

  1. m says:

    I watched the fight again. And as much as I dislike GSP and was pulling for BigRigg, I agree with Florian.

    1st Round was dead even but GSP landed more percentage wise. Their takedowns and octagon control were about even.

    3rd Round was dead even too, but Hendricks landed that takedown late in the round and should have gotten the edge on the judges card. To me, this is the controversial round. Should have gone to Hendricks. Should have been his split decision win.

    • UFC 84 Forever says:

      1 and 3 was not dead even. 1 was close and could have gone either way. 3 was unanimously GSP.

      2 and 4 Hendricks
      3 and 5 GSP
      1 is basically toss up but I’d give it GSP.

      • Nate "THE ROID CHEAT" Marquardt says:

        Gee big surprise Kenny thinks his BUTT buddy GSP won. That fight w sn’t even close as a one -sided ass whoopin if i ever saw one.

        GSP got hurft real bad and Hendricks didn’t even look like he had been in a fight. At least Firazi admitted on Ariels radio show that under Pride rules where they judge the whole fight that Hendricks for sure WON

        Why is Dana, Rogan, Fertitta, most every respectable MMA journalist scored the fight for Hendricks. GSP will never get back in the cage with Hendricks and if he does it will be in Canada where GSP can get fully JUICED back up . GSP wil NEVER do VADA testing again. Didyou see how scrawny he looked at the weigh ins compared to (EVERYONE) of his other fights. It was crystal clear GSP has been on JUICE his entore career

  2. Bruce Lee says:

    everybody is forgetting the clinch where Hendricks smashed, punched, kneed and controlled GSP these are all wrestling, Thai boxing, greco-roman wrestling among many other fighting style techniques aren’t these part of MMA also, Hendricks imposed his will and overpowered and turned GSP around into the cage every time they clinched, the damage Hendricks did with his strikes compared to a few GSP love taps shouldn’t that be the way you judge significant strikes not just because a strike lands it’s significant, I think Joe Rogan and many others said it best the scoring system definitely needs to be changed to suite MMA, the 10 point boxing system does not work for MMA. Hendricks won that fight but due to a breakdown in the system the scores say different. There are too many levels and dimensions in MMA and over the time a lot have been forgotten when it comes to scoring a fight and don’t seem to count for much anymore. This needs to change to better the future of MMA and the results.

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