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Florian Fires Back at Guillard: ‘Who Has He Beaten? What Has He Done?’

("Tell me the truth, does this haircut make me look washed-up?" PicProps: MMA Convert)

It was just a matter of time before some intrepid MMA journalist got to Kenny Florian to get his response to all that shit Melvin Guillard was talking before Fight for the Troops 2. During his appearance on our own Bum Rush podcast (and a bunch of other shows) Guillard quipped that he no longer considers Florian a top contender for the UFC title and said he thinks KenFlo should get out of the way and let some new blood have a chance. “I’ll fight Kenny Florian,” Guillard told us, “but to be honest with you, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say he’d be a pretty easy fight for me." Damn, playa. Really?

On Monday, Al Pepe of ProMMA Radio invited Florian on the air to play him some clips of Guillard talking crazy. As always, Florian was gracious and well-spoken, but when the topic of “The Young(ish) Assassin” came up, you could hear a hint of irritation creeping into his normally composed broadcast voice. Dig it, after the jump …

"After beating Evan Dunham … he’s finally considered a top contender, but he wasn’t considered a top contender before …,” Florian said. “Losing to Joe Stevenson in the first round in a minute isn’t going to get you that shot. Losing to Nate Diaz by guillotine choke early on isn’t going to get you that shot. You have to be consistent. Melvin’s not losing to the top of the division like I am, he’s losing to guys who are middle of the pack. He has to separate himself from the pack and finally he’s done that against Evan Dunham. If he feels I don’t deserve it, knock me out of the division, give me another loss … I would take that fight. There’s not one top guy that I don’t want to face."

As Pepe rightly points out, Florian’s name has been in the streets an awful lot lately, considering he’s been out with an injury. Not only did both Dunham and Guillard have things to say, but Florian himself said he wouldn’t mind a bout with Anthony Pettis and there were recent reports that Jose Aldo said, “Thanks, but no thanks” to the idea of a fight with him. Maybe all the whispering has finally gotten the Massachusetts native pissed off.

“If Melvin thinks he deserves a shot over me, then he should fight me and beat me …,” Florian said. “I’ve lost twice for the belt, once very early on (in my career) – maybe I had four fights in the UFC at the time – (and) I had another shot against BJ (Penn) which I didn’t obviously win. But it’s always about who the best fighter is. I feel as far as Melvin is concerned, who has he beaten? What has he done?"

After tearing up his knee while prepping for a proposed fight with Dunham at FFTT 2, Florian said he’ll be able to return to boxing training this week, should be back to full MMA workouts by early next month and is hoping for a return to the cage in May or June. So look for a possible clash with Guillard circa UFC 130 or 131, give or take.

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G-man- January 28, 2011 at 7:22 am
I think george sotty will get his title shot and be wearing gold late 2011, he's been more inpressive with each fight and his opponents are getting tougher! Tough aussie, i love to watch the dude fight
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm
Frank I hope you are right G sot seems to know when to strike and when to take it to the ground and I hope he wins the belt he is so technical. Seems down to earth as well. Cant wait to see him and siver mix it up.
fatbellyfrank- January 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm
1 Edgar
2 Maynard
3 Miller
4 Sotiropoulous
5 Florian
6 the rest
Just my opinion, and by this time next year, George is gonna be #1, you read it here first.
fatbellyfrank- January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm
@ Karma, this purpledickeater guy is still pissed you didn't send him a Christmas card huh?
PurpleDickMeat- January 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Once again KarmaAteMyCat proves its the biggest cat fucking faggot on the thread. Why don't you go amuse yourself or better yet your cat you disgusting jizz junkie! You're the fucking nut hugger because NO ONE would hug your animal scented sac, not even a craigslist bareback bottom like me! You're such a fucking sausage chute, you shit white turds! When you fart it looks like its snowing! Kenflo would fuck you and that semen tipped turd melvin would fuck you too! I would not. Fuck your cat and die you hershey highway whore!
DangadaDang- January 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm
This comment page is making Gabe Rudiger stress eat.

"What do they mean WHO has he beat?"
Jubbie- January 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm
I think Kenny has his own camp with his brother. He does train at Jackson as well though.
irish brawler- January 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm
hold on a sec, dont florion and guillard both train out of jacksons camp?
KarmaAteMyCat- January 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm
So many Kflo Nutt huggers its really cute. Lets all huddle up I'll take a group picture.
Elentius- January 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

You are a little lost man. BJ is a WW now. Although he will not do much there.
Waxedpants- January 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm
I would love to see this fight ... I think k-flo takes it though . ( worst fucking nickname evah)
LOKI- January 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Dear Kenny,

Bro, your a male nurse!

Get Off Me- January 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm
So who's BJ fighting next and in which weightclass genius?
For fuck sakes that's amateur.
Nealio- January 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm
its hilarious that Baby Jay would shellack anyone on your top 5'ish lists (except Frankie Edgar, but that's only because he apparently forgot how to JuJitsu) but he hasn't been mentioned..
Keep it up n00bs. You guys should have Effy Escadero on there too.
Get Off Me- January 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm
@shifty eyed Dog

No way Henderson can be placed above Miller, how does Miller who has only lost to #1 and #2 on anybody's list not go ahead of Henderson?
I like smooth, but realistically Roller, Varner(ha) and Cerrone twice is hardly a resume to match Miller's.
I think the UFC 155 div generally is stronger than the WEC's, Cerrone is a game fighter, would like to see him fight Wiman now or something to give an indicator on where these WEC guys stand in the UFC.
Not saying that Henderson will not be a threat at 155, but it is stacked and he is definitely not top 5 right now, it's not as simple as saying I am the number two guy in the WEC so now I am automatically top five in the UFC, that's not giving guys like Miller and Sotiropolous their just due.
cecils_pupils- January 25, 2011 at 11:57 am
Damn Viva beat me to it - KenFlo needs to drop the Clementi crotch right on Melvin's ass.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 25, 2011 at 11:56 am
F2T2/2 for Fight For The Troops 2??? seriously? That's really pushing it..and really dumb.

anyway, how did Henderson lose ONE fight (by close decision, I might add) and suddenly plummet down the ladder?? I think Ben Henderson could beat Maynard no problem, and Hendo vs Edgar would be a helluva fight. But I know he lost to Pettis, another monster in the division, so really it should be:
1. Edgar
2. Maynard (until he loses the rematch, then #4 or less)
3. Pettis
4. Henderson
ReX13- January 25, 2011 at 11:48 am
jimbo >>  Thanks. i thought i was the tard in the room.
Get Off Me- January 25, 2011 at 11:44 am
6.Kenny Florian
7.Ben Henderson

I think the fight with Mark Bocek will be a strong indicator as to how much a threat smooth will pose in the UFC. I am on the fence for who I will place my money on, but the longer the fight goes the more I think it will go Ben's way.

No doubt though he is a great fighter to watch, nobody incoporates tae kwon do into their arsenal like smooth does at 155, very well rounded fighter who's conditioning is never in question.
jimbonics- January 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

the fuck?
831 Father- January 25, 2011 at 11:17 am
@Gooner: I agree. I also felt the same way when Jim Miller asked for his "shot". Look, win streaks are nice. Wins streaks against mid-to-lower tier talent is impressive, I guess, but not "title shot" impressive.

I hate Gray as much as the next guy, but at least he went through a gauntlet to get that shot against Frankie.
nonfiction- January 25, 2011 at 11:16 am
there is nothing to be said here. they both want to fight each other(let them fight)...lets revisit this after they fight.

Viva Hate- January 25, 2011 at 11:11 am
Florian should have gone for the fatality and brought up when Melvin got submitted by Rich Clementi then crotch chopped in the back of the head.

Stak40- January 25, 2011 at 11:09 am
Get off me

Where does Ben H fall on your list?
Get Off Me- January 25, 2011 at 11:05 am
I think Kenny put Melvin in his place, the Diaz sub is still on my mind when I try to think of Guillard as a top LW. Guillard should have to go through two more fights(possibly second for no.1 contender) at the very least to be a bonified contender at 155. LW div is stacked and Guillard has not separated himself from the middle pack just yet.

Top 5 LW:

"Don't talk back to me!"
-Kenny Florian