“I don’t even know what food is at this point,” Florian recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I don’t even know what it is supposed to taste like. It’s been a pretty strict diet.”
To make matters worse, Florian had to begin his descent from an even higher starting weight due to a knee injury he sustained in training preparing for a fight with Evan Dunham. The injury, which sidelined him for roughly 10 months, transformed his body a bit.
“I was at my heaviest that I have been,” Florian said. “Going from doing something two or three times a day to nothing for two months, you’re going to gain weight. That was the toughest part. I had to start my diet so much earlier. I had to be very, very disciplined.”
Fun fact: Florian never did a test cut to see how he’d feel at 145. Today will probably be the first time since he was 14 that he’ll weigh this light. But he still insists it won’t hinder his performance. In fact, it’s been “the best training camp of his life!” /end MMA world’s oldest trope.
“This has been the best training camp by far in my life,” he said. “I know that’s kind of the quote to say with every fighter, but it truly has been. And I’ll be a hundred percent honest and say I didn’t expect it to be. I thought I was going to be real low on energy. I thought it was going to be a brutal last month, and the funny thing is I’ve gotten stronger and better, and in my sparring and my strength and conditioning, I’ve been killing it. I’m real happy. There’s no doubt about it, it has to do with the nutrition. I haven’t felt this good preparing for my fights at 55, let alone 45.”
I dunno, maybe that light headed exhilaration you’re feeling is from your body greedily cannibalizing all that awesome fighter muscle you spent the past five years developing at 155. Mmmm. Ten pounds of tastiness.