Kenny Florian dropped a unanimous decision to Gray Maynard last month at UFC 118 to miss out on a lightweight title shot, but has hired a wrestling coach as he looks to get back on track when he’s expected to return to UFC action early next year.
“It looks like my training team wants me to fight in another five months,” Florian recently told Sherdog. “I’m more motivated than ever. I’m pissed, to be honest. I want to crush my training. That’s what I’m focused on right now. I just hired the assistant wrestling coach at Boston University (Sean Gray) to be my wrestling coach here in Boston and I have other plans for a lot of other things as far as training goes.
“Losses are blessings in disguise. I’ve never been more motivated in my life. I kind of feel like this was one of the most frustrating losses that I’ve ever had and it was a fight I definitely learned a lot from. I’m very motivated and I had to come back to training quickly. I’ve already started training and did a hard conditioning session (Tuesday). I’m just motivated to work very hard and get right back into it.”
Prior to his loss to Maynard, Florian (14-5) earned back-to-back wins over Clay Guida and Takanori Gomi to rebound from a loss to lightweight champ BJ Penn.