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Kenny Florian: I Would Take a Fight with Melvin Guillard

Written by Tom Ngo
January 25th, 2011
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While Melvin Guillard believes he’s the best thing to happen to the lightweight division since Anthony Pettis’ “Showtime Kick,” former two-time UFC top contender Kenny Florian claims his controversial counterpart has a ways to go before he knocks on a championship door.

“It doesn’t make sense. There’s a lot of guys working hard. It’s who the best fighter is. If Melvin thinks he deserves a [title] shot over me, he should fight me and beat me,” Florian told Pro MMA Radio (transcribed by MMAMania). “It’s always about who the best fighter is.

“Who has he beaten? What has he done?”

Alright, fine. We’ll do the legwork for you, Kenflo. “The Young Assassin” bumped his extensive record to 27-8-2 (1 NC) following his 1stRound TKO victory of Evan Dunham at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2.” After a roller coaster career, Guillard appears to have found his stride with the help of MMA mastermind Greg Jackson and his talented camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

While many have hopped aboard Melvin’s bandwagon, Florian opted to ignore Guillard’s current four-fight winning streak and spotlighted his embarrassing 27-second submission loss at “UFC Fight Night 9” in April 2007. Florian contends it’s performances like that which are hard to erase from decision-maker’s minds.

“That’s great he’s finally considered a top contender,” Florian added. “Losing to Joe Stevenson in the 1stRound isn’t gonna get you that shot. You have to be consistent. He has to separate himself from the pack.

“I would take that fight.”

Florian holds a respectable 13-5 pro record, finishing all but one of his victims before the final horns have sounded. He’s 0-2 in title fights and was thoroughly trounced by Gray Maynard in a top contender bout in his last outing. Following the unanimous decision loss, UFC president Dana White accused his fellow Bostonian of choking in the big shows.

Florian is currently rehabbing a knee injury that forced him out of this past Saturday’s showdown with Dunham, allowing Guillard to steal the spotlight. The 34-year-old is aiming for an April return.

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