Kenny Florian Questions Opponent Gray Maynard as Culprit for Missing Athletic Cup


Kenny Florian Questions Opponent Gray Maynard as Culprit for Missing Athletic Cup Kenny Florian
may be the target of sabotage. Is Gray Maynard the culprit?

OK, probably not.  But somebody has been periodically stealing Florian’s athletic cup from Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Mass, the fighter told bleacherreport.com

Florian is scheduled to go up against Maynard in a lightweight matchup as part of UFC 118 on Aug. 28 at TD Garden. The event is the first UFC has held in Massachusetts and marks the first time Boston-native Florian will fight in his hometown.

In between bouts, Florian is known for hosting MMA Live and also commentating WEC and UFC events. To prepare for fights, Florian takes six weeks off from extra-curricular activities beforehand, to focus.

With the fight just a few weeks away, he’s in business mode.

Perhaps a Maynard fan wants to throw Florian off his game by stealing his gear. Or, maybe an admirer just wants a piece of their favorite fighter.

"It’s a little scary," Florian told bleacherreport.com. "For whatever reason, it’s been disappearing every once in a while. We made this announcement, 'Whoever is taking this cup. It belongs to Kenny.'"

Whether it’s the act of a creepy stalker, or somebody simply clowning around, Florian isn’t sure. But, he won’t let the "cup bandit" distract him from training for his upcoming return to the octagon.

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"We’re not sure who it is. It may be Gray Maynard coming in and stealing my cup. We just want to figure it out … I don’t know if they’re using it as an oxygen mask or praying to it at night, who knows, but it’s been in and around my crotch. Congratulations to whoever has it."
–Kenny Florian, discussing his stolen athletic cup

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