UFC lightweight fighter Kenny Florian talked about his upcoming bout against wrestling expert Gray Maynard. Florian talks about the importance of integrating wrestling into his MMA training and seems just about ready to test his skills in the Octagon. Florian has been on a two-fight winning streak since losing his title shot against BJ Penn back in August of 2009. Since then, Florian has beaten top lightweight contenders with submission victories over Clay Guida at UFC 107 and against former Pride champ Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night 21.
UFC 118 will headline a title fight rematch between current lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn. Also on the card is a “UFC vs Boxing” match-up between UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and Boxing legend James ‘Lights Out’ Toney. The event will take place on August 28th at TD Garden in Boston.
From Kenny Florian
“I definitely worked on my wrestling. Maybe a little more than normal, but it’s something I’ve been working on for a long time. I’ve been working on it a lot since the BJ (Penn) fight. I’ve worked with a lot of high level wrestlers since then. It’s not something that was going to get better for this camp. I had to have gotten better way before. You are not going to improve your wrestling in one training camp. I’ve been working on it a long time and I think it is paying off. Right now, I’m facing Maynard at a great point. He’s going to use his wrestling. I’m looking forward to seeing if the hard work I’ve been putting in ends up paying off.”