Kenny Florian

MMA Live Episode Sixteen

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, and Franklin McNeil.

MMA Live Episode Fifteen

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, and Franklin McNeil.

Dana White: GSP-Penn II Moved to January


B.J. Penn, Dana White, and Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The much-anticipated rematch between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn has been moved to UFC 93 on January 31 in Las Vegas according to UFC President Dana White.

White revealed the change to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports earlier today. The fight was originally planned for UFC 92 on December 27 but St. Pierre has opted to take the rest of the year off because of the exhaustive schedule he has maintained - fighting four times in the last twelve months.

Unfortunately, the UFC was unable to secure the Bell Centre in Montreal for an event. The NHL’s Montreal Canadiens occupy just about every Saturday night on the arena’s schedule.

White also confirmed details concerning the UFC’s inaugural venture into Portland, Oregon, where UFC 91 will be held on November 15 at the Rose Garden. A previously rumored bout between lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson has been confirmed for that card.

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Report: Florian-Stevenson Likely for UFC 91


Kenny Florian. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that Kenny Florian really isn’t going to wait for his shot at B.J. Penn. The Boston native has reportedly agreed to fight former lightweight title challenger Joe Stevenson at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 91 show, which is rumored to be taking place on November 15th at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which has confirmed with sources close to the fight that both fighters have agreed in principle to meet. Bout agreements are expected to be sent out shortly. The fight will likely be featured as the show’s co-main event.

Florian solidifed himself as the top contender for Penn’s lightweight belt with his resounding unanimous decision win over Roger Huerta at UFC 87 earlier this month. Since falling to former champion Sean Sherk in his only title shot to date, Florian has reeled off five straight victories.

Stevenson rebounded from a failed championship opportunity against Penn back in January to submit American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau at UFC 86. Since entering the UFC following winning the welterweight portion of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Stevenson has racked up a record of 6-2.

MMA Live Episode Fourteen

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Frank Mir, and Franklin McNeil.

In related news, ESPN has told MMA Junkie that despite reports stating that the network was considering moving MMA Live to television, there are “no current plans for it to appear on any ESPN television networks in the future.” Bummer.

MMA Live Headed to Television?


Snapshout courtesy of ESPN.com

It’s no secret that ESPN’s “MMA Live” has quickly become a huge success. While ESPN has opted to keep the weekly show exclusive to the internet so far, it has still managed to garner a slew of viewers each week, so much so, that company executives are planning to put it on television in the near future.

Kenny Florian, who serves as one of the show’s usual panelists, stated that the network could have the show moved to TV in the next few months on Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio according to our friends at MMA Junkie.

“I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but soon,” Florian said on the show. “The next couple of months, we’re hoping to get [MMA Live] on ESPN or ESPN 2, and the sponsors are getting on board as we speak, so we should have a deal very, very soon. We’re all very pumped.”

The show usually runs between 30-45 minutes and is hosted by Jon Anik. Franklin McNeil of the Newark Star-Ledger is also a regular panelist along with Florian. Episodes go live on ESPN.com every Thursday at 6 PM ET. As always, we’ll have this week’s show promptly posted on the front of the site.

Discussing the Aftermath of UFC 87


Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It’s only been two days since the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut show in Minnesota and the after-effects of the event are already being hotly-discussed around the MMA world. While the show may not have delivered in terms of brutal and quick stoppages, each fight that took place was filled with technical exchanges and exciting moments. There wasn’t much more the hardcore fan could ask for.

However the results of the bouts, primarily those that took place on the televised main card, have left questions in terms of the futures of some fighters. Will Georges St. Pierre actually rematch B.J. Penn later this year? What’s next for Brock Lesnar, Kenny Florian, and Roger Huerta? Here’s my thoughts on the answers to those…

Will St. Pierre and Penn fight before the end of the year?

Yes. Without a doubt. It’s a fight that even UFC President Dana White has been going crazy about even before St. Pierre fought and defeated Jon Fitch this past weekend. We all know Penn is stubborn when it comes to his goals and it seems like his dream to become a multi-division champion won’t be leaving him anytime soon. St. Pierre is currently at the top of his game in every aspect, especially mentally, meaning that he won’t be turning down any kind of fight at the moment.

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UFC 87 Post-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s some video from last night’s UFC 87 post-fight press conference, courtesy of ESPN. Georges St. Pierre discusses his successful title defense over Jon Fitch in the above video. Comments from Brock Lesnar, Kenny Florian, and Roger Huerta are after the jump.

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St. Pierre Defeats Fitch; Penn Rematch Looms


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Casting the ghosts of disappointing defeats aside, Georges St. Pierre flourished in his first successful UFC welterweight title defense, dominating top contender Jon Fitch over five rounds en route to a unanimous decision win in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

St. Pierre (17-2) set the tempo early, quickly taking down Fitch (17-3), a former standout wrestler at Purdue University. After a few more meetings with the mat, Fitch was sent there once again courtesy of a straight right from St. Pierre. The Canadian pounced on his opponent and did his best to finish the fight but Fitch, proving true to his reputation, regained his composure and fought on.

“He showed why I said that,” St. Pierre said after the fight when referring to Fitch’s toughness. “It was his first title shot and he did awesome. He’ll be back. I told him that this might be the best thing to ever happen to him.”

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy Live Results

We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET tonight with live results of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.

The event will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins. Additional featured fights include Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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