UFC 118 Preview: Kenny Florian Doesn't Like the Gray Maynard That "Got Cocky Overnight"

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"He was pretty quiet as far as wanting to get the belt at first, seems like he didn't want to fight B.J. or Frankie or whatever, and then all of a sudden when Frankie won it seems like he started to get real cocky, or started trying to make a name for himself. I don't know, it seems like he got cocky over night, all of a sudden."

"It's motivating for me. I don't see any reason for him to be cocky. He's had decisions over guys. He hasn't finished anyone of note. He's squeaking by on these decisions, yet he's talking like he's already a world champion... I don't really understand where the cockiness is coming from... I don't think he was very impressive."

"Maybe it's because he feels obviously he has a win over Frankie, but it just seems like he got very verbal and very cocky, so I'm looking forward to going out there and fighting him. I think he's fought tough guys, but he hasn't fought anybody like me. I think he's looking past me. I think he thinks he's already going to fight for the title or he's already won the title. I'm looking forward to it. One of my favorite things to do is spoiling a party, so I'm looking forward to doing that."

"Maybe that is the case, maybe he is that confident, but when I see a change in human behavior like that, going from being quiet to being outspoken and saying these cocky things, I think it's a matter of him trying to get him to believe a certain thing, more than him really believing it."

--Kenny Florian (14-4) talks to MMAWeekly Radio about a Gray Maynard (9-0) that "got cocky overnight". Maynard's last six fights were all won by decision, and honestly, if he has a hard time finishing guys, I think he should talk even more smack to lessen the impact of that "boring" stigma attached to his image.

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