Anyone underestimating Kenny Florian got a wakeup call with his smashing victory over Joe Stevenson and in the post-fight. Florian ran roughshod over the very talented Stevenson and then went off on B.J. Penn saying it's time to take down the master.
Florian told Yahoo! Sports the motivation for his trash-talk in the cage came from Penn's statements after his win at UFC 84 over Sean Sherk when he said that he wasn't too excited to face the winner of Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian:
"I don't think he considered us a threat at all. He didn't consider me threat. He didn't think it was a real challenge. Hopefully I proved to him that I am a threat."
Click below to listen to Florian post-fight interview (ESPNRadio1100 w/Cofield):
The win over Stevenson went exactly as planned according to KenFlo:
"I wanted to stick and move and then make him pay when I got on the inside. Use my range and get on the inside and really beat him up. And then pick him apart from long range with my kicks and my jab. (Then) get on the ground and just destroy him."
Florian mounted Stevenson quickly and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. During the discussion, he also mentioned that his ESPN television duties actually kept him relaxed during the week. The hard-hitting part of the interview included KenFlo talking about his post-fight dining schedule. He planned on having sushi but joked that none of The Ultimate Fighter 8 cast members would be invited. Florian is referencing a disgusting prank played with sushi two weeks ago on TUF 8.
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