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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - by Matt Hill - MMAWeekly.com


Kenny Florian may be the Ďstatistical underdogí in regards to his upcoming UFC lightweight title fight with Sean Sherk, but when asked by Damon Martin on SoundOff Radio for his thoughts on the bout, Florian sounded confident and primed to Ďget it on.í

ďIím prepared for everything that Sean Sherk will bring. Iím prepared to fight on my back, Iím prepared to wrestle with him, and Iím prepared to strike with him. Iím going to go with the flowÖIíll be prepared to finish him and submit him anywhere,Ē said Florian.

Florian knows that this fight is ďa big fight,Ē but he feels that his stringent preparation for this bout will be enough to carry him to victory. Though Sherk is no doubt a dangerous opponent, Kenny seems to have the mindset necessary for success Saturday nightÖ

ďItís just like any other fight. It is certainly a big fight, but every fight I really feel like has been a championship fight. Every fight is important to me. Iím a very competitive person, so thatís always on my mind, but as far as how ready am I? Iíve never been more ready in my life. I feel that everything has just been going perfectly for this fight, and I trust in everything that Iíve done. Iíve done everything right. The hard work is over with, and now itís just time to walk in the cage and fight Sean Sherk. I think thatís the easiest part. I do all the hard training so the fight is easy. Iím prepared to go mentally, spiritually and physically,Ē said Florian.

Florian also believes that even in comparison to his strict training regiment and solid skill-set; it is his ability to analytically break down a fight that will catapult him into the upper echelon of 155-pound fighters.

Kenny said, ďI think something that sets me apart from the other fighters is my ability to analyze and break down fightersí games and expose their weaknesses. Thatís one thing Iíve really made a change in, [for] myself and the whole teamÖwe all literally have a meeting, and thereís a whole process to breaking down each and every opponent in every fight. Iím very anal about analyzing opponents. I probably have a file on everyone in the 155-pound weight class already, so I think thatís really going to separate me in this fight.Ē

Florian knows, though, that against a seasoned competitor like Sherk, he will need more than just good analytical skills to win Saturday nightÖ

ďIíve trained my cardio to go more than five rounds. I make it very hard on myself and my trainers make it very hard on meÖ[in] the actual sparring sessions I have guys coming in every couple of minutes right at me for each round, and I do that over and over and over, so Iím going against fresh opponents for 30 minutes, even more than that. Iíve been in some brutal training sessions and Iíve prepared for the worst. Iím ready and Iím very confident that I wonít be the first guy to gas out there,Ē said Florian.

There have been copious speculations floating around that suggest Sherk may have some difficulty making it to 155 pounds for this contest. Kenny doesnít concern himself too much with the hearsay, though, he prepared for Sherkís ĎA-game,í and he wants nothing lessÖ

ďI want Sherk to be at his best. I donít want to hear any excuses from him as far as he didnít cut the weight right, or [it was] his first time out. Heís already done a couple test runs apparently. Heís made the weight a few times, he said he doesnít have a problem with itÖIím prepared to face a Sean Sherk that will be at his best. Thatís what Iím expecting, thatís what Iíve trained for, and thatís who Iím prepared to beat,Ē said Florian.

Florian is also looking forward to showcasing some new skill-sets not previously seen by many ĎKenFloí fansÖ

ďI train extremely hard in all aspects. Iím a complete Mixed Martial Arts fighter and I hope to show this in this fight. I think people are going to see a different Kenny Florian in this fight, and not that it wasnít there before, itís just that Iíve never really had the chance to show it. I donít force anything in a fight. I donít try to just stand up with someone; I donít try to just go to the ground. I donít force anything, I kind of go whereÖitís just my own intuition. My body goes into automatic pilot and it tells me what to do. Iím not going to force anything. Wherever the fight may go, Iíll be ready for it. I will definitely be showing some new skills and some new tools in this fight, and Iím looking to surprise people once again,Ē said Florian.

When asked who he would like to fight if he gets by Sherk this coming Saturday night, Florian said, ďThere are a ton of fighters that interest meÖHonestly, I just want to fight the best; the guys who are winning. I just want to fight the best guys.Ē

Kenny did admit to one fight being atop his wish listÖ

ďIt would be a dream. Iíve always wanted to fight Gomi. For some reason I feel like itís my destiny to fight that guy. I donít know why, but Iíd love to fight Gomi and show that the UFC has the better fighter at that weight class,Ē said Florian.

Kenny Florian has the opportunity this Saturday night to do what no other ĎTUFí star has yet been able to do, win a title fight. ĎTUFí stars have shown that they are indeed capable of beating seasoned veterans, but whether or not a ĎTUFí star is capable of winning a title fight is still yet to be seen. Saturday nightís fight is sure to bring more clarity to this progressively intriguing uncertainty.

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