Posted on: December 12, 2009 10:45 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2009 11:00 pm
Up next is a really interesting lightweight bout: Clay Guida vs. Kenny Florian.
Round 1: Guida pushes forward and Florian circles. Straight fist by Guida. Uppercut by Guida. Florian throws a head kick, which gets blocked, and Florian slips to his back. Guida tries to start some ground and pound from within Florian's guard. Florian pushes him off with his feet and they're standing again. One-two combo by Florian. They're both throwing, but they're too far out of range to land. Guida ducks a punch and misses on a counter. Outside leg kick by Guida. Jab by Florian. Florian with a right, Guida counters with an uppercut. Another nice uppercut by Guida. Guida shoots for a single leg takedown and Florian sprawls well. Guida attempts to throw Florian and winds up on his back with Florian in side control. Guida escapes to his feet. Florian with a high-angle slam takedown and a few fists for good measure. Guida's back to his feet. Elbow by Florian and Guida is cut, to the point where ref Mario Yamasaki stops the fight to check the cut. Florian's elbows will slice a guy up in short order. The fight resumes with 15 seconds left in the round. Neither lands anything significant before the horn, and it's probably 10-9 Florian based on damage, in an otherwise close round.
Round 2: Guida hyper-actively moves forward looking to close the distance. Florian tags him repeatedly with jabs as he lurks into range. Guida shoots for a single leg and Florian sprawls again to thwart it. Guida's bleeding a lot. Guida lands some fists. Florian looks more confident now, throwing more punches and using better head movement. Florian nails Guida with a left-right combo square on the jaw. The right hand drops Guida to the canvas. Florian throws an uppercut to a downed Guida, then sinks in a rear naked choke for the submission.
Winner: Kenny Florian defeats Clay Guida via submission to a rear naked choke at 2:19 of Round 2.
Posted on: November 25, 2008 7:25 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2008 7:28 pm
In speaking with former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk on Monday for a feature on the Round 5 MMA action figure line, Sherk also touched on a few fight-related issues.
Sherk has not heard anything yet about his next opponent, following his win over Tyson Griffin at UFC 90 on Oct. 25. After Kenny Florian defeated Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 -- earning a title shot at BJ Penn in the process -- speculation was that Stevenson may fight Sherk, in a battle of the last two fighters to lose to Penn in lightweight title bouts. If Sherk gets his way, a fight with Stevenson isn't happening.
"You know, he just got beat," Sherk said. "If he would have won that fight with Kenny, then yeah, I would have loved to fight Joe. I was asking for that fight too. But being that he got beat by Kenny, I don't want to fight a guy that's coming off a loss. That doesn't help me or benefit my career at all. I need to fight guys that have been winning fights. By him getting beat by Kenny, who I beat, it wouldn't be a very good business move, I don't think."
Sherk is only interested in fighting the absolute best, he said -- no newcomers, no gatekeepers, and certainly nobody on a losing streak.
"I want to fight another guy that's got a resume like mine," Sherk said. "I want to fight a top contender, a guy that's got a big resume who I'm gonna benefit from fighting. I'm not interested in fighting up-and-comers. I'm not interested in fighting guys that don't have the resumes, that haven't fought in main events, that haven't fought and beaten world-class fighters. That doesn't interest me."
"I've been in this industry for nine years," Sherk continued. "I've won world titles. I've been ranked top in the world for for many, many, many years and I've got 41 professional fights. For me, it's about creating a legacy. And I just want to fight guys that are going to help me step forward in this industry. That's the reason why I asked for the Tyson Griffin fight, you know. I actually asked for that fight. I looked at the division and I thought Tyson Griffin was the top guy at that time. I looked at him as the number one contender. So that's the guy I wanted to fight. Now I look at the division and there's only a couple guys out there right now that have the resume that I have, and those are the guys that I want to beat."
In a separate interview with Sherk published today by CBSSports.com contributor Sam Caplan on his website FiveOuncesOfPain.com, Sherk said he'd welcome a rematch with Florian, but doesn't think it will be offered.
Sherk defeated Florian to win the vacant lightweight title in October 2006. He defended the belt successfully one time -- a unanimous decision win over Hermes Franca in July 2007, in a bout that saw both Franca and Sherk test positive for banned substances. Franca admitted his usage and apologized for it, but Sherk maintained his innocence and sought to prove his case with the California State Athletic Commission.
The chain of events that followed have been widely reported and heavily scrutinized, with Sherk feeling he didn't get a fair shake from the commission, and the CSAC seemingly prolonging the process while admitting to not even handling Sherk's paperwork in a timely manner. Sherk was stripped of his title, which wound up in the hands of Penn in January.
Recently, CSAC head Armando Garcia resigned from his position amid mounting criticism and accusations of everything from mishandling funds to inter-office harrassment. While Sherk feels Garcia was a large part of the problem with the CSAC, he said the commission has a long way to go in winning back his trust. In the aftermath of his suspension hearings, Sherk said he never wanted to fight in California again for the way he felt they mistreated him. Despite Garcia's departure from the CSAC, Sherk would still prefer to steer clear of California.
"To be honest with you, I'm still not interested," Sherk said. "There's more problems there than just one. Armando was the big problem obviously, and there's other people there that are a problem too. They've got a lot of housecleaning to do. There's a reason why nobody wants to fight there. It's not just me, a lot of fighters don't want to fight there. The UFC has not been there since July of '07, and there's a reason for that. So that being said, I'm still just not interested in going back to California. Time will tell. I think there's a lot of cleaning house to do, and there's some things that need to be corrected."
Posted on: August 9, 2008 10:37 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2008 11:06 pm
A lot of anticipation for this next fight: Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.
Round 1: Florian is playing it more careful than usual. They circle for a bit with leg kicks and no real significant strikes before Florian gets a takedown against the cage. Florian gets his back. Huerta stands up and escapes. Florian throws a combo ending with a knee. Huerta returns with a combo and shoots for a takedown. Florian stuffs it. Florian clinches and then uses a Muay Thai clinch to land a knee to the head. Huerta tries the Superman punch twice. The round ends, and I've got it 10-9 Florian, but it's real close and neither guy was ever in much trouble.
Round 2: Florian throws leg and head kicks. Huerta forces him against the cage and Florian stuffs the takedown again. Florian shoots for a single leg and Huerta tries to take a kimura while defending. Florian trips him down with a body lock and gets Huerta's back quickly. Florian lands some strikes before Huerta escapes out the back door. They stand again, and Florian uses a leg sweep to trip Huerta down, but can't capitalize before Huerta gets up. Huerta with a straight right. Huerta fakes a Superman punch again. He does it yet again and take a body lock against the fence. Florian with a Muay Thai clinch and some elbow strikes. They exchange punches as the time expires on Round 2. Florian 10-9 again, but still, it's very close.
Round 3: Florian with a straight kick to the chest. He tries a guillotine and Huerta escapes. Florian comes alive, throwing flying knees and fists. Huerta clowns him a bit, but Florian's not joking, so he throws another flying knee in mid-mock. Florian muscles Huerta to the mat and takes his leg, but can't do anything with it. Huerta escapes. Florian with another knee. They exchange and Huerta largely misses while Florian connects. Florian tagging Huerta with jabs. Huerta with a combo. Huerta with a straight right. Florian with a knee to the body. Huerta lands a body kick and slips doing so. He's back up. Florian with a right hand and a takedown. Huerta stands up and Florian hits him with a series of knees. Florian dances away from Huerta and tags him with jabs to the face as the time runs out. I've got the fight 30-27 Florian.
Winner: Kenny Florian defeats Roger Huerta via unanimous decision (30-27) after three rounds.
Huerta suffers his first UFC defeat. Florian says his strategy for the fight was to out-technique Huerta and stay away from fist-fighting him, due to Huerta's toughness. It paid off.
"I didn't want to get into a brawl with him," Florian said. "He's real tough."
Posted on: August 9, 2008 9:54 am
Edited on: August 9, 2008 9:56 am
I'll have a live blog of UFC 87 starting later tonight, at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET. Be sure to check back for round-by-round coverage of the fights.
Everybody made weight on Friday, with Brock Lesnar once again getting a hero's welcome:
My guess is there will be a loud contingent of fans saying that Brock sucks and writing him off for good, just because he couldn't waltz into the top promotion in the sport with a 1-0 record and immediately dominate guys like Mir and Herring. People forget that Brock never really got the chance to work his way up the ladder. The guy has two professional fights on his record as we speak, but he's being talked about as a total bust if he can't beat guys with years of experience.
Brock could smash Herring and all of this would become irrelevant. But if he loses, will UFC fans allow him to start fighting guys with similar experience without crying that he's being "protected"? Something tells me there will be some serious ignorance flying around the internet if and when Brock goes 0-2 in the UFC. Give the guy a chance to learn.