According to Kenny Florian, his October 2006 loss to Sean Sherk transformed him from a fighter who wanted to compete with his opponents to a fighter who wants to destroy his opponents — and he’ll be bringing his renewed intensity to the cage with him against BJ Penn at UFC 101 (August 8th, Philadelphia). In this recent interview with Inside MMA, Florian also discusses training with Georges St. Pierre, getting his named botched by Dr. Phil, and his four-letter prediction for the Penn scrap. By the way, if BJ bitches out between now and August and drops out of the fight, Diego Sanchez is totally cool to step in.
Above: Justin T. at FighterPortraits.com sent us this video of some dude at some MMA event last weekend skillfully dodging his opponent’s attempt at a pre-fight glove-tap and knocking the shit out of him with an overhand right. This is exactly why we think the traditional touch of gloves should be changed to the much-safer bro nod. It’s like, yeah, I see you, we don’t have to touch hands like a couple of sissies or whatever, let’s just get after it homie.
Below: The Mercer/Sylvia knockout, from a different angle. The look on Ray’s face after Sylvia lands that leg kick tells the whole story. You ain’t shit, Tim.