Location: See that guy over in the window, with the binoculars?
350K on Maynard. Kenny has never even been able to spell take down defense. The other thing that has me thinking Gray can win is that when Kenny fought BJ it showed something Kenny likes to move but when he gets clipped he slows down and get timid and if he gets timid he is gonna be on his back quick. When things are going Kenny's way and he is allowed to play his game he is great but I think the bully will be just that the bully and make Kenny play his game and when KenFlo is not in the driver seat he looks mediocre.
"If you get hit and it hurts hit him back you not knocked out yet."-Joe Doerksen
Round 1 - Referee Mario Yamasaki calls this lightweight title eliminator. The hometown Florian gets a tremendous welcome. Florian runs forward. Maynard circles away to the left. Florian short on a jab. Maynard retreating and very patient. Both fighters cautious early. Florian flashes a high kick. Maynard yet to really engage. Florian ducks under a huge Maynard right. Few leg kicks from Florian score. Maynard ducks in for a takedown, but pulls away. Halfway in. Both fighters yet to really commit. Florian does land a punch n a brief moment of trading, but they back away. Crowd getting a bit restless. Maynard shoots in, but Florian defends well. Maynard tries to suck him off of the cage. He grabs the body and slams Florian down with a little less than a minute. Maynard drives in as Florian holds an open guard. Maynard lands a few punches in the final seconds, and the round ends there. Not much in the round to score, so MMAjunkie.com sees the takedown as crucial and gives the round to Maynard, 10-9.
Round 2 - Florian sets up in the center again. Maynard circling to the right. Florian has a high kick blocked. Florian pawing a jab. Maynard avoids, and nearly leaps into a counter. Maynard keeps circling to Florian's power, but it hasn't cost him yet. Now he switches it up and moves left and misses on a 1-2. Florian does connect with a kick, but Maynard shrugs it off. Maynard continues to circle right. Halfway in. Maynard lands an uppercut. FLorian tries to knee as Maynard locks him up. Maynard drags Florian down and picks the ankle as Florian tries to stand. Florian works it free, but Maynard simply trips him back to the floor. Side control for Maynard. Florian bleeding on his left temple. Maynard's right eye dotted up as well. Maynard postures for two right hands. Florian tries to create some space, but Maynard just pressing down and controlling the position. Maynard stands momentarily, but he's right back down and on top until the end. It's another 10-9 round for Maynard on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - Florian likely needs a finish, and the crowd tries to pump him up. Florian in the center again. Florian just misses a big right hand, and Maynard just misses the counter. Maynard pushes forward with two punches, but Florian blocks and retreats. Cautious approach still. Florian just misses a Superman punch. Maynard happy to counter. Florian misses a spinning back kick. Trying to get creative. High kick from Florian blocked. Maynard shoots in. Florian tries to sprawl to no avail. Maynard controlling the positioning, though he's not really doing much damage on top. Halfway in. Florian has a half-guard, and he's stacked against the cage. Maynard misses on a big punch, and it allows Florian to stand. Maynard moves back in,a dn FLorian traps the arm. He's looking for a late submission, and crowd jumps to it's feet. Maynard pulls free, but Florian locks in another attempt with an omo plata. Crowd wants to believe, but Maynard just remains calm and pulls away. Back to the feet. Floran rushing forward, and Maynard just moves away until the final bell. MMAjunkie.com sees the final frame for Maynard, 10-9, and awards him the fight 30-27. Gray Maynard def. Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
^^^seriously. I saw this and immediately decided to take the bet. KenFlo does not have much TDD for a guy like Maynard, his MT won't be much help on his back, and Maynard has trained BJJ defense like crazy since his TUF days. Eaaaaasy money.
His helmet was stifling, it narrowed his vision. And he must see far. His shield was heavy. It threw him off balance. And his target is far away.