|Kenny Florian is all smiles at the UFC 131 news conference in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER - Kenny Florian’s life is a bit like a Disney film.
More like a sequel really: The Incredible Shrinking Man — Part 4.
The Boston-based fighter has fought at three weight classes and will add a fourth when he tapes up the tiny gloves here on Saturday night.
“I’ve always been motivated by challenges in my life,” says Florian, who will take on Diego Nunes at Vancouver’s UFC 131.
And yes, there is an incredible difference with each jump.
We asked the former The Ultimate Fighter contestant to run through his regimen with each of the four weight classes. Here’s what he said:
At middleweight (185 lbs.): “I was very soft. I knew nothing about nutrition. In order to gain weight I was putting cookies in my protein shakes. That pretty much sums up what my nutrition knowledge was at the time. I was a pretty soft 178 pounds. Still a decent athlete but not where I should have been physically. No strength condition. I was pretty much doing mostly Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”
At welterweight (170 lbs.): “I started integrating more striking with my Muay Thai. Started get to the basics of strength and conditioning, but at 170 I was still soft. These are guys that are cutting down from 195 pounds and I was walking around about 173 pounds. I didn’t have to cut any weight. Just from the training camp I’d get down to 170.”
At lightweight (155 lbs.): “At lightweight I hired a strength and conditioning coach. Got down to a little bit more of the details of strength and conditioning. Started losing weight, eating well. I brought a nutritionist on and started getting tighter. Lost a lot of fat and gained lean muscle. I started looking more like an athlete. I started getting more cut. More lean.”
At featherweight (145 lbs.): “I totally changed my nutrition plan. No more cookies for sure. I’ve been eating strict for months. It’s been a true test of discipline but I’ve never felt better in my workouts. It’s been the best training camp in my life and here I am just a few pounds away from 145 and I still have my energy.”
Should Florian be successful against Nunes, he will likely get a shot at UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
Florian — who is 13-5 as a pro — says Nunes has the firepower to make for a great fight.
“I’m a expecting a very, very tough fight from Diego Nunes,” says Florian, who at 5-feet-10, is four inches taller than his opponent.
“He’s never not given someone a tough fight. He trains out of one of the best camps in the world. He trains alongside Jose Aldo. He’s going to be a fast, dangerous striker. And he’s hard to put away. He’s never been stopped in his career.”