Kenny Florian can still taste the blood from Sherk fight

source: bleacherreport
 

Kenny Florian sat down with Jonathan Snowden in a wide-ranging interview, that covers his greatest moments in MMA, from the very beginning.

"It was kind of like my experience in The Ultimate Fighter when I didn't really realize how big it was," said Florian of his fight with Sean Sherk. "Which was kind of good for me. I just kind of fought my ass off. I knew I was outgunned against Sean Sherk. The guy had almost 40 fights to my, like, seven.

"Big, strong guy, lots of experience. But for me, I went in there to kill. And that's why I walked out with the samurai outfit. That was my feeling. I was going out there to die. Win or die. That's what I was prepared for. It was a great experience. Fighting for the championship, it was so early in my career...it was crazy. You don't pass up opportunities like that. I had to do it."

"(The blood) gave me motivation. The fans just went nuts. There was so much blood in the cage that night from him. Literally, it was the next day, and I had already taken two or three showers—the next day I still found blood in my ear, outside my ear. I found it inside, like rolled up in my eyelids.

"There was so much blood, I can't even tell you. It was ridiculous. I can still taste it to this day. Like liquid metal. It was nuts. And definitely it motivated me. And that was a war. That was a war. I remember peeing blood after that."

"When I went back I said, 'Here's the deal.' I was kind of dealing with some injuries. I could have done some other things differently. I didn't have a strength and conditioning coach. I could have been eating a little bit better year-round. I could have been training a little bit more. It was a kick in the ass for me and got me to train like a true professional. I was a professional fighter fighting. After that, I became a professional who fought... A professional athlete.

"And that's the way I approached it. It really paid off. Before every fight, I always worked harder and harder, and I was able to increase my capacity to train more and more...those losses provided so much fuel for me."

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Brian J DSouza site profile image  

10/25/12 1:32 PM by Brian J DSouza

I'll ask the guy what he meant when he comes back to our class, in six months or so.

mrgoodarmbar site profile image  

10/25/12 12:33 PM by mrgoodarmbar

since the TUF finally, Ken was only finished once, by the best BJ anyone has ever seen.A decision loss to Maynard and a decision loss to Aldo, with some high level wins in between is declining?

MainelyBJJ site profile image  

10/25/12 8:40 AM by MainelyBJJ

Always one major TOOL in the shed!!!

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

10/25/12 2:16 AM by Brian J DSouza

Declined as a fighter. The guy didn't say if Kenny fought UFC-era Anderson or PRIDE-era Wanderlei, but it's easy to understand what he was talking about.

KZTT_W85 site profile image  

10/24/12 11:57 PM by KZTT_W85

Forpc

NotImpressedByYourScreenName site profile image  

10/24/12 11:50 PM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

Kenny declined what?

Kings21 site profile image  

10/24/12 11:44 PM by Kings21

Those are some large generalizations you're throwing around. The thread is only one page long so I'm pretty sure everyone in this thread does not equal everyone that has commented on him in the past. Personally, I've always enjoyed watching him fight and consider myself a fan of his. But he does look like Ben Stiller and its hard not to think he throws elbows to cut. He's awfully good at cutting with his elbows. That doesnt mean (for me) that its a bad or cheap tactic. If you're hoping for a stoppage sure but cuts provide other advantages too.It probably seemed like nobody appreciated him fighting well above his weight class because you're too busy focusing on the negative comments. Hell this thread is damn near 100% appreciation and you come in being negative. Throughout his career people have always commented on him fighting well above his natural weight class and praising him for it. Stop trying to find things wrong with the masses and maybe you'll begin to see some positive output from the fans here.

mrgoodarmbar site profile image  

10/24/12 11:10 PM by mrgoodarmbar

How is everybody "always was a fan"...He was from my bjj school. I remember everyone hating on him for looking like ben stiller and accusing him of throwing elbows "just to cut". Nobody seemed to appreciate that he had to fight at 185 for the show. Ah whatever. He's won you all over in the end. Nobody but BJ has ever fought so out of his proper weight class.He def gave Aldo a good fight and despite dropping to that weight class, Aldo was bigger and stronger. I'm surprised Aldo hasn't had to move up yet.

rampageforpresident site profile image  

10/24/12 11:06 PM by rampageforpresident

he could still beat guys at 155 or 45. why not a comeback?

DSCH site profile image  

10/24/12 10:45 PM by DSCH

Great fighter, doesn't get enough respect



 

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