What got into Kenny Florian? The mild-mannered Florian smeared Joe Stevenson inside of one round and then got tough with his talk for UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn.
Florian was overwhelming against one of the best fighters the UFC has to offer in its lightweight division. He was simply too big and yet too elusive for Joe Stevenson. Florian used great footwork to land some solid shots on the feet and then overpowered Stevenson to gain top control. He scored the takedown and then quickly had Stevenson mounted. Florian rained down punches until Stevenson freaked and gave up his back. Florian didn't have to do much before eventually locking in a rear-naked choke. Stevenson tapped seconds later at 4:03 of the first.
Then Florian's words spoke louder than his actions:
"This is exactly what I to do out here now I want B.J.'s belt. B.J. you're one of the best fighters out here. I'm here to test myself. I consider you a master. It's time to kill that master."
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