FanPost

I Was Wrong About Kenny Florian. So Who's Next?

In my last fanpost, I was pretty damn adamant that Kenny Florian was not a legit title contender, based upon the quality of competition he's faced and the qualities of his wins. However, with his dominant performance over Joe Stevenson this past Saturday at UFC 91, there's no doubt that I was dead wrong about Kenny.

Kenny's ground game looked absolutely superb and he buzz-sawed through Joe way more easily than I could have possibly imagined. I didn't think Kenny had the physical strength to really take it to Joe, but his aggressiveness and slickness more than overcame any lack of brawn.

I also thought Kenny's decision to call out BJ after the fight was pure genius. BJ doesn't seem interested in the lightweight division any more, but if Kenny begins to create enough heat among the fans, BJ might feel compelled to him on Kenny after the GSP fight.

Kenny would have a considerable advantage over BJ in cardio and some technical aspects of the striking game, but BJ's takedown defense, iron chin, punching power, and impenetrable guard makes him an awful match-up for Kenny. To beat BJ, you must overpower him and wear him out, and if GSP couldn't hurt a fat, out of shape BJ, I don't think Kenny can hurt the physically-fit, 155 pound version.

But if BJ permanently left the lightweight division to compete at 170, a rematch between Kenny and Sean Sherk for the vacant title could be an amazing fight, with a great storyline to boot

A new and improved Kenny Florian comes back to fight for the title against the only guy to beat him at 155? I'd buy it!

 

 

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker