Kenny Florian’s loss to BJ Penn essentially means two things – one, he’s not the best 155 pound fighter in the world, and two, that he’s 6-1 in his last seven fights. Not that he’s done, not that he’s outclassed, not that he’ll never be better than he is now. God, you fucking people just carry around shovels in case you get the chance to prematurely bury somebody. Oh wait, I’m sorry, I forgot how wrong I was when I repeatedly said Big Nog wasn’t done. My bad.
The loss, however, has apparently been enough to split the longtime (in MMA years) marriage between Kenny and his trainer, Mark Delagrotte. Courtesy of Fighter’s Only:
I am a good leader, a good general, and I think my resume shows that. When I start to feel like my decisions aren’t important or not being taken seriously, it kind of detaches me from the situation. And if cant be really in control and really responsible for the outcome of the fight, I don’t want to be part of it any more…. It is going to be invigorating for Kenny to go and see new trainers, learn new tricks. I am a true teacher of the martial arts and a true friend to Kenny so I encourage him to move on to bigger and better things. Hopefully he is productive and does well from here. I wish him nothing but the best.
There are also quotes about how Mark felt he was competing with Kenny’s brother, Keith, for his fighter’s attention – along the same lines as Bas’ ‘do what I say or go elsewhere’ logic with Kimbo, but sans any kind of juicy attacks or innuendo. I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to break off and train around – you’re going to learn something, every time. Suffice it to say that both seem to be handling this like adults (Kenny will be training with Firas Zahabi, GSP’s striking coach, for now) and have given me very little to work with. This is me starting a rumor that Keith Florian worships Rasputin.