By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Florian To Slap Maynard
I'll never forget the first time I saw Gray Maynard on TUF, and my subsequent surprise when I saw that damn tramp stamp.
Any respect I had for Maynard or his game went out the window at that point, as I still haven't understood the thinking behind that one.
Surely this has to be the result of a drunken bet that Maynard was on the wrong end of. We've all been there.
But a tramp stamp? Holy moly.
How would that night start? Hey Maynard, let's get some Everclear buddy… I'm sure the infamous Sharpie moustache's also made an appearance.
Either way, Kenny Florian will be looking to knock the taste… the tramp stamp off of Maynard at UFC 118 this coming Saturday night, and restablish himself as a top contender for the lightweight strap.
Florian will be trying to notch his third win in a row after losing his championship campaign against B.J. Penn at UFC 101, while Maynard will put his current 9 fight win streak on the line, yet to be stopped (aside from knocking himself out).
I had been patiently waiting for the day to come when Florian would be able to move one step closer to another shot at the lightweight title, and the fact he has to go through Maynard to do it makes it that much sweeter.
Kenny's progression from a relative newbie to the world of MMA into a very dangerous fighter has been well documented. His work ethic. His potent BJJ skills. His standup going from nothing great to very technical and crisp. These are all reasons “KenFlo” will be victorious.
I don't think Florian is too fond of the tramp stamp either.
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