PFL’s latest addition to the printed workforce, Kenny Florian, is wanting ahead to calling one division particularly.
Florian, who will commentate the 2021 season alongside UFC Corridor of Famer Randy Couture and 2018 PFL gentle heavyweight champion Sean O’Connell, is worked up for the stacked welterweight division.
The Season 1 “Final Fighter” finalist and three-time UFC title challenger is particularly excessive on 2018 PFL champ Magomed Magomedkerimov, and he’s intrigued to see how he stacks up towards this season’s expertise.
“I feel the PFL’s welterweight division is fairly bananas,” Florian advised MMA Junkie Radio. “There’s a ton of fine guys in that division. Magomed Magomedkerimov is somebody who type of jogs my memory of Fedor (Emelianenko) in his prime again within the day. He most likely is even higher on the bottom with reference to his positioning and his submission abilities. His ground-and-pound is brutal. He’s very free on the toes, throws a variety of huge photographs and simply is aware of easy methods to put all of it collectively.
“After all, you may have Rory MacDonald, who could be very skilled, superb, very huge for the division, is harmful all over the place. He’s going to be motivated right here to get the cash, get the belt. And, in fact, the champ, ‘Bradda Boy’ Ray Cooper, who’s an absolute savage, comes from that wrestling background, (and) already has a ton of expertise within the PFL. He has a profitable recipe now and he’s going to be powerful to cope with. So there’s a bunch of different guys which have a variety of expertise coming into this, and I’m actually curious to see the way it all performs out.”
Final season, Magomedkerimov was en path to a remaining showdown with Ray Cooper earlier than an sickness pressured him out of the bout. Cooper confronted David Michaud as an alternative, ending him within the second spherical to say the 2019 PFL title.
Welterweights are up in week two of the 2021 PFL season, which takes place April 29 on ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes. Magomedkerimov will face Joao Zeferino within the featured prelim, Cooper faces Jason Ponet within the co-main occasion, and MacDonald debuts towards Michaud in the principle occasion.