by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
He’s shipping up to Boston.
It’s official that Kenny Florian will indeed fight in his hometown on Aug. 28. He announced as much on MMAWeekly Radio Tuesday night.
“I will be fighting in Boston,” Florian said. “That much is sure. I’m looking forward to it; it’s going to be great.”
The Massachusetts born fighter has long dreamed of fighting in the home of great sports history. The Celtics, the Red Sox, and the Bruins are Boston mainstays, and now Ken-Flo gets to add his name to athletes that compete in Bean Town.
While no opponent has been officially determined, with lightweight champion Frankie Edgar likely to face B.J. Penn in a rematch for the 155-pound belt, all signs are pointing towards Florian facing former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Gray Maynard on the Boston card.
“Gray’s one of those guys, he’s a hard guy to beat. That’s a scary fight when you look at it, and what he brings to the table,” Florian said of Maynard as a potential opponent, although he said the fight isn’t a done deal. “I’m going to need all my skills to face a guy like that. It’s not just a straightforward fight. He brings in wrestling, he brings in ground, and for me I’m really impressed with his striking game.
“He’s one of those guys, maybe he’s a little boring to watch, but go ahead and try to beat him. He’s a tough guy to beat. Those guys are always tough to fight.”
Florian has always asked the UFC for the toughest match-ups they can give him, and he believes Maynard definitely fits that mold.
“He meets the criteria of guys I want to face. I want to face tough guys,” he said.
A fight with Maynard could get Florian another shot at the lightweight title, and fighting him in Boston is the perfect scenario for the hometown kid.
“I’m excited. I can’t wait to face him,” said Florian.
MMAWeekly.com will have more details about the Boston card, and Florian’s next opponent as they become available.