Kenny’s Quick Take on UFC 142 In Rio
(UFC Tonight) UFC Tonight Analyst Kenny Florian on UFC RIO: “It’s huge for the UFC. The Brazilian fan is about as passionate as any fan out there right now. The Brazilian economy is doing very well. This is the birth place of mixed martial arts. It’s great to see [the UFC] go back to Rio. It’s going to be huge, no questions about it.”
Florian on fighting Jose Aldo: “Jose Aldo is very explosive. He’s fast and, of course, he’s known to have the best leg kicks in the game. Really what impressed me the most was how smart he fought against me. His MMA IQ in the cage is very impressive.”
Chad Mendes on fighting Aldo in Brazil: “I will fight the guy anywhere. This is a title fight. It’s something you don’t pass up. I feel like I am prepared and have set up a great game plan for this [fight]. I know his stand up is very explosive, very fast, but I feel like I have a lot of power on my hands and I am very fast also.”
On Vitor Belfort: “Vitor Belfort, in my opinion, is the most talented fighter in the UFC today. This is a guy with very fast hands. He’s been in the game a very long time. He’s a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he can wrestle, he can do it all.”
Florian on Edson Barboza: “A lot of people are very excited about Barboza. They believe he’ll be the next big star. He’s so technically sound, he’s a fighter that can go forwards, he can fight backwards, and he possesses some of the most devastating leg kicks in the game. A lot of people have been having trouble taking this guy down.”
On Terry Etim: “Etim has to be the taller fighter here, and that gives a lot of fighters problems, even if you’re a great striker. Etim needs to use his reach and he’s going to have to be very active on the ground.”
On Rousimar Palhares: “Palhares has been on a tear lately. He’s a guy who really possesses the most dangerous submission game in the UFC.”
Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 in Updates.
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