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Max Holloway
Max Holloway

Kenny Florian: Judges 'got it wrong' with Alex Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2

Fernando Quiles - July 16, 2020

Add Kenny Florian to the long list of individuals who believe Max Holloway should’ve been given the nod in his rematch with Alex Volkanovski. Holloway looked to avenge his Dec. 2019 UFC featherweight title loss to Volkanovski. “Blessed” and “The Great” collided a second time in the co-main event of UFC 251 on July 11. After five rounds of action, Holloway fell short via split decision. It was a controversial decision that even UFC president Dana White didn’t agree with.

Cynthia Calvillo
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Kenny Florian thinks Cynthia Calvillo needs more experience before Valentina Shevchenko bout

Fernando Quiles - June 16, 2020

Cynthia Calvillo may have knocked off the number one ranked UFC women’s flyweight but Kenny Florian feels a title shot is too soon. Calvillo is coming off what is considered to be the most important win of her pro MMA career. For the first time during her run with the UFC, Calvillo made the trip up to 125 pounds to take on Jessica Eye. Calvillo passed the test with flying colors, earning a unanimous decision win.

Diego Sanchez Michel Pereira
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Kenny Florian blames Michel Pereira for DQ loss against Diego Sanchez

Fernando Quiles - February 18, 2020

Kenny Florian believes Michel Pereira has no one to blame but himself for being disqualified against Diego Sanchez. Pereira and Sanchez collided this past Saturday night (Feb. 15). The bout served as UFC Rio Rancho’s co-main event. While Pereira appeared to have easily snagged rounds one and two, he made a costly mistake in the final frame. Pereira landed an illegal knee on a downed Sanchez. The “Nightmare” said he was unable to continue and the fight was called off. Sanchez was awarded the DQ win.


Kenny Florian ‘almost got killed’ in UK car accident

Adam Martin - January 30, 2020

Former UFC title contender Kenny Florian says that he was nearly killed in a car accident in the United Kingdom on Thursday. Florian said that a massive truck nearly trapped the tiny car he was traveling underneath it, and once they swerved out of the way they were hit by a large van. Florian credits the car’s driver, Paul Walker, for saving his life.

Colby Covington
Kamaru Usman

Kenny Florian leaning towards Colby Covington beating Kamaru Usman

Fernando Quiles - November 22, 2019

Kenny Florian has a feeling that Colby Covington will get the job done against Kamaru Usman. On Dec. 14, Covington will challenge Usman for the UFC welterweight championship. The 170-pound title bout will take place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’ll serve as UFC 245’s main event.

Yair Rodriguez

Kenny Florian scolds Yair Rodriguez for post-fight actions

Tom Taylor - September 26, 2019

Yair Rodriguez has found himself in a bit of hot water after his UFC Mexico fight with Jeremy Stephens ended with an inadvertent eye-poke. The latest member of the MMA community to speak out against Rodriguez’s controversial post-fight actions is UFC analyst Kenny Florian. “I didn’t like the fact that Yair Rodriguez was kind of insinuating to the crowd in a lot of ways that maybe Jeremy didn’t wanna continue fighting and all that stuff,” Florian said on the latest episode of the Anik & Florian podcast (via MMA News). “Which kind of incited the crowd, right? I mean these guys wanted to see a fight. I thought that was in poor taste. I don’t know if he was thinking things through all the way. I think he was frustrated by the situation. And I certainly don’t think he did this intentionally either. I don’t think he tried to scratch his eye intentionally either, obviously.”

Jeremy Stephens
Kenny Florian

Kenny Florian predicts Jeremy Stephens finishing Yair Rodriguez

Fernando Quiles - September 20, 2019

Kenny Florian sees Jeremy Stephens getting his hand raised over Yair Rodriguez. Tomorrow night (Sept. 21), Stephens and Rodriguez will share the Octagon. The featherweight bout is set to headline UFC Mexico City. The action will be held inside Mexico City Arena. Earlier today, the weigh-ins took place and just one fighter failed to hit the target weight.

Weili Zhang
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Kenny Florian likes how Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk match up against Weili Zhang

Fernando Quiles - September 4, 2019

Kenny Florian thinks Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk have a good chance at giving Weili Zhang problems. Zhang made history at UFC Shenzhen. She defeated Jessica Andrade via TKO in 42 seconds to capture the UFC strawweight title. This makes Zhang the first UFC champion born in China.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Georges St-Pierre, Justin Gaethje, Ryan Hall
Kenny Florian

Kenny Florian names three fighters who could beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Tom Taylor - August 22, 2019

So far, nobody has been able to solve the Khabib Nurmagomedov puzzle. 27 fighters have tried — including monsters like Conor McGregor, Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Johnson — but none have been able to beat the Dagestani juggernaut.

Paulo Costa, Luke Rockhold
Paulo Costa

Kenny Florian thinks Paulo Costa took Yoel Romero bout too soon

Fernando Quiles - August 14, 2019

Kenny Florian believes that Paulo Costa is not ready for a middleweight the caliber of Yoel Romero. Ready or not, Costa will indeed go one-on-one with “The Soldier of God” (see pros picks here) this Saturday night (Aug. 17). The bout will take place on the main card of UFC 241. The action will be held inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 254
Khabib Nurmagomedov

Kenny Florian talks mistake opponents make against Khabib Nurmagomedov

Fernando Quiles - August 5, 2019

Kenny Florian doesn’t think he has all the answers, but he still feels many lightweights have repeated a mistake against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov has been flawless in his professional mixed martial arts career. The UFC lightweight champion holds a perfect 27-0 record. He’s beaten the likes of Conor McGregor, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, and more. “The Eagle” is set for a title unification bout against interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.

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Juan Adams

Kenny Florian predicts Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams

Fernando Quiles - July 19, 2019

Former UFC fighter Kenny Florian has made a prediction for Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams. Hardy vs. Adams is a highly-anticipated grudge match set for tomorrow night (July 20). The heavyweight tilt will be featured on the main card of UFC San Antonio. The action airs live on the major ESPN Network.

Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz, UFC 227
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Kenny Florian says Georges St-Pierre's coaches were surprised and unaware of a potential Nate Diaz fight

Drake Riggs - May 10, 2018

The news that’s gotten most of the buzz lately is that of a potential Nate Diaz vs Georges St-Pierre fight in which Dana White confirmed is what he would like to add to UFC 227 in Los Angeles, California on August 4th. While the fight between the former two-division UFC champion and The Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner has yet to be made official, the news alone of it being in the works has confused people to an extent. One of which being a close friend and former training partner of GSP’s at TriStar, retired UFC veteran turned analyst, Kenny Florian.

Kenny Florian
Kenny Florian

VIDEO | Watch Kenny Florian Do his Best Nate Diaz Impression

Drake Riggs - January 10, 2018

Every now and then, we get some fun little segments on the UFC’s weekly news program on FS1, UFC Tonight. The show is normally hosted by Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian and UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier. Often times, Cormier will have to miss time due to his fight camps which then leads to a rotation of other fighters filling in for him, most commonly the likes of Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley or former Middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. This week the crew discussed who they thought would return to the action first between Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor or his biggest rival, Nate Diaz. This led to a hilarious and pretty accurate impression from the three-time title challenger.

Georges St-Pierre, UFC 217
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Kenny Florian Only Sees Two Possible Mega Fights for Georges St-Pierre

Justin Golightly - December 21, 2017

No matter how many times we say it, it never sounds less crazy. Georges St-Pierre really did come back after four years away from the UFC and take a belt in a higher weight class. Honestly, he could walk away from the sport just like he vacated the title and no one could question his career. If he does decide to stay and finish out the last three fights on his contract, there simply aren’t a lot of huge options for the former two-division champion. Kenny Florian recently gave his insight on what St-Pierre’s next moves could be and there is no question they’d have to be giant fights. “I think [Georges St-Pierre] who has done it all in this sport, and I think if there’s one guy who deserves the super fight or a mega fight, it’s GSP. And talk about a guy who was old school, who did it the old fashion way of just clearly beating anyone and everyone. He wasn’t a guy who was going, ‘Oh, well this guy, he doesn’t promote himself enough so I’m not gonna fight Jon Fitch, or I’m not gonna fight Josh Koscheck, or I’m not gonna fight,’ he would just fight whoever the hell it was, whoever the UFC had for him is who he would face. So I think that he does deserve a mega fight. […] As far as asking or demanding a fight with Conor McGregor, I don’t think you’ll ever hear it from GSP because being a guy who was bullied when he was a kid, he feels like that’s kind of a bully mentality. You know, you don’t try to pick a fight with someone smaller than you, that’s kind of what has been GSP’s mentality.”

Kenny Florian
Kenny Florian

Kenny Florian: "It's not fair for a champion to sit out for 12 months when there's no injury"

Drake Riggs - December 14, 2017

Retired UFC fighter, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian has been one of the UFC’s top analysts and one of the hosts of Fox Sports 1’s weekly UFC news program, UFC Tonight since it’s birth back in 2012 on Fuel TV. Florian retired from MMA in 2012 after a loss the year prior to Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. This would be Florian’s third career UFC title shot in which he came up short in. Since then, the third-degree black belt in BJJ, Florian has done just about everything one can for the UFC other than fighting and has even competed in some Jiu-Jitsu tournaments since and runs his own training center called the Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. On this week’s edition of UFC Tonight, when asked specifically whether or not he and guest host, UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley believed that UFC Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor should be stripped of his title due to inactivity, this is what they each had to say:

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Kenny Florian Thinks A Better Version of Conor McGregor Comes Back to the UFC

Justin Golightly - August 30, 2017

It’s finally over. Conor McGregor did his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Sure, he lost but everyone involved in that mega fight all came out as winners. McGregor walked away with just a black eye and $30 million just for his fight purse. He still stands to earn much more from sponsors and PPV numbers. While he won’t be able to take that extreme of a pay day back to the UFC with him, he could be able to use his new skills to improve his MMA game. That’s what Kenny Florian thinks at least. Florian spoke about what he expects from McGregor for his UFC return and who he thinks that Conor will fight. “I think Conor [McGregor] is going to learn so much from this. He’s going to come back to mixed martial arts I think even sharper, even stronger mentally, stronger physically. He’s going to be an absolute beast because there’s so many lessons that you can take away from fighting a composed and clean fighter like Mayweather.”

Conor McGregor
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Kenny Florian Talks McGregor's Chances Against Mayweather and His Possible Future

Justin Golightly - August 17, 2017

UFC on Fox analyst and color commentator Kenny Florian has been around the block a few times. He may have never won a title, but he spent six years fighting the best the UFC had to offer, including our own BJ Penn. Before that, he was grappling dangerous dudes all over the mats at the highest levels. In other words, the guy knows fighting. You’ve heard him talk in bits and pieces before about Conor McGregor and his upcoming boxing bout iwth Floyd Mayweather on UFC Tonight, but he recently got a chance to say a lot more to the guys at Submission Radio. “I give Conor about a 10 percent chance. I would love for him to knock out Floyd Mayweather. I think that it would be yet another milestone for our sport, I think it puts us on the map that much more, I think it gives us that much more respect, but it is an extremely, extremely tall task for Conor McGregor who has never competed in pro boxing to go against one of the best boxers of all time and beat him. Can he knock him out? Yes, absolutely, it is combat, anything can happen. But I still think Floyd is going to win that fight.[…] You know, there have been some amazing upsets in sports history, this could be another one of them. But when I look at the stats, when I look at the approaches, when I look at the way that Mayweather fights compared with the way Conor fights, yeah, Floyd should win every single time.”

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