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Kenny Florian Talks Greasing Tip-Off Claims, Says Loss to GSP Hurt Penn

I spoke to Kenny Florian last week for this SportsIllustrated.com article on the effects of the dreaded “Octagon jitters,” and naturally our conversation turned to his upcoming UFC lightweight title fight against B.J. Penn at UFC 101.  When I asked about Penn’s claims that Florian had warned him of potential “greasing” by Georges St. Pierre before their UFC 94 superfight, Florian did his best to downplay the dust-up.

“I’m not sure what that was.  Maybe it was a miscommunication, after what I had said about Roger Huerta.  Maybe it was head games on his part.  Maybe he genuinely believes that.  I don’t really know.  But I have a lot of respect for B.J.  I think he’s a proud champion.  I think he worked hard for that fight against Georges, and he just wasn’t able to deliver.  That can be hard to deal with.  I think that loss hurt him.”


As for what he expects from Penn, who hasn’t sounded as interested in defending his lightweight title lately as he has in pursuing a case against GSP, Florian said he’s preparing for the the toughest Penn possible.

“I do think he’ll be motivated.  I expect him to show up in shape and ready to defend his title.  That’s what I’m preparing for.”

On the subject of his first time in the Octagon, Florian was gracious enough to recount what was a painful learning experience for him:

"I was hitting pads for maybe only 30 seconds, and I was just gassed," he said. "I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘I’m in much better shape than this. Why am I so tired just warming up?’ Then all the negative thoughts took over. ‘What if I lose in front of all my friends and family? What if I look really bad?’"
"My game plan was to pressure Diego [Sanchez] right away," he said. "Somehow I ended up just circling and circling for what felt like five minutes. I could hear my corner saying, OK, Kenny, let’s do something here.’ The next thing I knew I was mounted and Diego hit me with a shot that hurt me and kind of woke me up. That’s when I felt like, okay, I’m in this fight, let’s go. By then there was already blood in my eyes and "Big" John [McCarthy] was pulling Diego off me. That was it."


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Craig- April 30, 2009 at 7:04 am
Penn is (or has been) a very capable fighter. I just think very poorly of him for his attitude - both in the past in preparing for fights, and more recently for the whining. I know he wouldn't care, but some of the hate is deserved.

I wouldn't excuse him losing, because moving up was his choice, and you have to live with your choices, but at least part of this is that it's probably not a good idea to move up in weight for most fighters.

Look at what happened to Aoki with Fedor (extreme case of course ...) I'm not sure anyone believes Fedor is a better grappler than Aoki, but he pretty much muscled him around.
dugmouth- April 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm
florian>penn>sanchez...maybe???
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm
retatrd...bwahahaha
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm
the funny part is that cage rage actually went back to defend himself...hahhahahahah
cage rage = inCest- April 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Its spelled with a C you backwoods fuck.
Cage Rage- April 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm
@tbiz

I mean that on that island they have sexual intercourse with family members and then reproduce retarded fucks like yourself.I mean the whole island is probably all related and all named Jay Penn.Is that better for you are do you need me to explain it to you in retatrd terms????????????
Tbiz- April 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm
A hideous looking... hmm fag, nerd, pussy
Any of the above will do.
How about explaining your comment Cage Rage...

'If you where not trap on an island where there seems to be a lot of in insest going on then maybe you could describe what you mean.'

LOL. You freaking idiot.

Theslothman- April 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm
All you K-FLO nut huggers are going to be real shocked when B.J. walks right through your boy, ol'razor elbows lol. the only people who can beat B.J Penn dont fight at 155 boys..... its a wrap.
Cage Rage- April 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm
I don't know what you mean by "Kenny Florian is already a hideous looking!" Looking what?? you retared stoner .If you where not trap on an island where there seems to be a lot of in insest going on then maybe you could describe what you mean.

Kenflo 3rd
tweek- April 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm
florian will push bj's cardio.......rd five is gonna be like the end of hughes vs penn 2
Tbiz- April 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Kenny's going to be ready no doubt... but Penn is still going to make a mockery out of him. Kenny Florian is already a hideous looking! But he's sure to look like some sort of mutilated corpse after the Penn fight!

HILO BABY!
manutdfan- April 29, 2009 at 11:49 am
"I love that Bj's fans are still somehow loyal to him"

Better to stay a fan than just nut-ride whoever's on top, then ditch the bandwagon when some fool from a comments section tells you to.

True Fan of Anyone > Bandwagoner
Judo Im right- April 29, 2009 at 11:25 am
huge fan of both. hope BJ wins then retires on top like Bas before he goes the way of Chuck
Chaplin- April 29, 2009 at 11:05 am
your lack of knowledge is mind boggling. 10 out of 10 eh? look what he did to stevenson? (one dimensional) and sherk? (not hard to jab someone to death that refuses to protect their face) ur making stoners look bad
rock runner- April 29, 2009 at 10:55 am
Ben Stiller is that u?
tha Rock- April 29, 2009 at 10:52 am
you guys dont know shit about bj or how much he trains.
how many of u can run with a rock under water.
thats what i thought pussys
Duncan- April 29, 2009 at 10:50 am
Honestly, I've been a KenFlo supporter ever since day one of TUF, when i found out he was a fellow Massachuetts native. We gotta support our boys from back home. I will never bet against KenFlo, and never have.
CJ>CP- April 29, 2009 at 10:49 am
i got BJ second round TKO
Juan Vergalarga 8========D- April 29, 2009 at 10:47 am
Kick his ass, Seabass!
NateGetsIrate- April 29, 2009 at 10:40 am
@ ManFarmer:

I've kinda, sorta been paying attention to what people have been saying about the BJ v. KenFlo fight and i don't know where you're coming up with this fact that everyone on this site thinks BJ's GONNA get his ass kicked. That's a misinterpretation. What people are saying is they WANT to see BJ get his ass kicked, even though chances are that won't happen.
CockSauce- April 29, 2009 at 10:34 am
That wasn't vasoline on GSP, it was BJ's man gravy. BJ blew his nut salve all over himself and does not want to admit he is a cock swallowing, turd burgling, pillow biting, he-bitch!!!!!
Videodrome_Now- April 29, 2009 at 10:19 am
@ Armfarmer
Again I agree, however, no matter how good BJ is anymore, his total douchbaggery will never get me to pick him for a win in a fight, no matter who he's fighting.
Videodrome_Now- April 29, 2009 at 10:16 am
@ Mantooth.
Obviously you're right, but these comments sections, if you haven't noticed, have never been about being right, it's about making the best claims for the day. Time to catch on, son.
Armfarmer- April 29, 2009 at 10:14 am
"I love that Bj's fans are still somehow loyal to him"

I'm still a fan of his abilities and talents.. but I lost A LOT of respect for the guy after the gsp fight. Not because of how bad he lost the fight but because of how he conducted himself in the following months. I think he is an excellent fighter yet a complete joke at the same time. I don't know if that's considered staying loyal, I don't really think so.
Mantooth- April 29, 2009 at 10:12 am
A lot of people are thinking KFlo is just gonna walk over BJ...think about that. Many are only saying this b/c they are personally sick of the greasing talk and BJ's attempt to perpetuate the issue.
BJ is a great fighter at his natural weight class, no one can argue that. I still believe Kenny will win, but it won't be a walk in the park, nor will I be surprised if it goes the other way.
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