“This is the biggest challenge of my career, my way of proving to myself how far I’ve come,” Florian said. “My striking is at higher level. My jiu-jitsu, conditioning, and even wrestling are all better. I’m going to play the same game I always play. I’m going to be aggressive, go forward and wait for a mistake. Hopefully that mistake will come at some point and hopefully I’ll be there to capitalize on it.
“I’m a much better fighter than I was in my last fight, which is the goal for every fight. I’m always learning, always getting better and always evolving. I try to focus more and more on myself than my opponent. If Gray Maynard’s trained hard and is well-prepared it’ll be a great fight.”
Florian’s increased stamina may be what puts him over the top. His work in Montreal with strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimberg has given what he believes is a new engine, upgraded from a V6 Turbo to a “very high horsepower V8,” one that allows him to train more and train better with superior quality. One may wonder how Florian’s second job as a UFC and WEC analyst that on the weekend of June 19-20 saw him work in Las Vegas (Ultimate Fighter Finale) and Edmonton (WEC 49) on consecutive nights, along with a panelist on ESPN’s “MMA Live,” doesn’t run him beyond exhaustion. In reality, the loaded calendar has helped him focus more on his training, which is taken to new levels when he puts the secondary jobs on hold the last six weeks before a fight.
“I know I don’t have time to screw around,” Florian said. “It means I have to manage my time and I do it very well. Training is still my No. 1 priority and ‘MMA Live’ on ESPN is my second priority, along with my commentating duties for either the UFC or the WEC.”
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