UFC lightweight top contender Kenny Florian is firing back at one-time foe Diego Sanchez. Before The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner took his second consecutive 155-pound scrap, Sanchez openly questioned why the man he once dominated is sitting on the doorstep of his second five round affair.
“That’s a [rematch] I’ve wanted for a long time now,” Florian stated. “(Sanchez) should definitely be careful what he wishes for. If he thinks the same thing is going to happen, or I’m the same fighter at the same experience level, he’s going to be in for a surprise.”
Just before his razor-thin split decision win over Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale a few weeks back, Sanchez felt that he should be getting more respect for the 9-2 Octagon run he’s made since topping Florian in their first go-round.
“One of the reasons for me dropping to 155 was the fact that Kenny Florian is coming up on his second (title bout), and this is a guy that I walked through four years ago,” Sanchez stated. “And everybody thinks that, yeah, we’ve both evolved, we’ve both changed, we’re both different fighters, we’ve both improved a lot. But the fact is that I walked through him and it wasn’t even a fight, and this is the number one contender. So in my mind, I am the number one contender right now.”
Sanchez’ statements have Florian questioning his ability to count as the Bostonian has been the weight class’ top contender for quite some time. It’s not his fault that champ BJ Penn slammed the breaks on the entire division with his aspirations to be the world’s greatest P4P fighter.
“He’s seen what I’ve done in the weight class and the fighters that I’ve fought and I think he realizes that, although he won the show, I’ve done bigger things in my weight division than he did at 170,” Florian stated.
With his title fight against Penn at UFC 101 just a month out, Florian could really care less about Diego at this point in time. However, Florian played Nostradamus when asked what he thought would happen if the two met again.
“I think he’s going to be saying, ’Yes, yes, yes’ on the way into the ring and, ’No, no, no’ on the way out of the ring if he faces me,” Florian confidently said. “It’s a completely different time and I’m a completely different fighter. I definitely don’t think he’s evolved as much as I have, that’s for sure. He’s fought at 155 twice already and he has yet to finish any opponent.”
Your turn, Diego . . .