From The Vault: UFC Star Kenny Florian

Another addition to our YouTube collection is our profile earlier this month on mixed martial artist (and Dover native) Kenny Florian, a rising star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight division.

Florian (who got his break on the 1st season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show) was gracious enough to let us in to his training sessions at Sityodtong USA, a gym in Somerville run by master trainer Mark DellaGrotte (himself a trainer on the 4th season of the Ultimate Fighter).

The atmosphere in the gym was great. There must have been 50 people packed into the small basement space. It was so hot and humid the camera lens fogged up immediately. But it was great to see how these fighters, who have to master so many techniques, train for a fight.

Kenny takes on East Bridgewater product Joe Lauzon on Wednesday, April 2nd live on UFC Fight Night on Spike TV. The winner will probably get a shot at the lightweight title currently held by B.J. Penn.

Here the original story we posted on The Boston Channel, complete with slideshows and more links on Kenny and Sityodtong. And then, check out the piece!

-SI

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