by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A revamped training camp and new focus led to Kenny Florian’s flawless performance over Clay Guida at UFC 107. Now the Boston based lightweight is looking for big fights again in 2010, and it could start with Takanori Gomi.
The rumors have circled since the weekend of UFC 108 when Gomi’s signing was announced, and immediately Florian’s name was mentioned as a possible opponent. Florian’s brother and head coach, Keith Florian, says they’d take that fight in a second, but as of now it’s still up to the UFC.
“I think Gomi would be a great fight for Kenny. He’s one of those people who was No. 1 in the world for a long time, and I think that would be a great fight for us,” Keith told MMAWeekly.com recently.
There is a glut of talent at the top of the UFC lightweight division. With Gomi’s entrance, Gray Maynard’s recent victory, and Frankie Edgar, Keith says there are a number of top opponents for his brother to face next.
“I think Frankie Edgar would be a great fight for us, with Kenny’s new wrestling,” he commented. “I think Gray Maynard would be a great fight with Kenny’s new wrestling, and we can still expose those tools that Firas (Zihabi) has, he has Olympic level wrestlers, and we could form a really nice strategy against him.”
Of course, we now know Edgar is next on tap for UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. But that still leaves, at the least, Gomi and Maynard.
Working with Firas Zihabi and the team at Florian Martial Arts Center, Keith feels his brother is hitting on all cylinders with his training right now, and hopes to make this year a memorable run for Kenny.
Staying active is also a big part of what makes his brother’s game so strong says Keith, who calls B.J. Penn the best in the world for a reason, but feels the long layoff between fights for Kenny before getting the title shot affected his performance. Keith is hopeful his brother stays busy in 2010, and also makes his Boston debut this August.
“God willing, we’ll have a fight around March or April, and then August would be fantastic,” Keith said.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information when Kenny Florian’s next fight becomes official.