UFC contender Kenny Florian officially headed to featherweight


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-time UFC lightweight title-challenger Kenny Florian (14-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) officially is headed to the featherweight division.

This past week on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Florian was asked about the possibility and said he would “never ever say never ever.”

Today, he took to Twitter to confirm the plans following a report from ESPN.com. But he said the lightweight division still is in his future.

“I’ll indeed be fighting at 145 pounds,” wrote Florian, who’s an analyst on ESPN’s “MMA Live” program. “It is a great new challenge. My goal is to get belt at featherweight, and I’ll be back at 155.”

Final WEC champion/current UFC titleholder Jose Aldo currently rules the 145-pound division. He next fights Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in April.

Florian hopes to get a title shot sooner rather than later.

“I’ll always have haters no matter what decision I make, but for me, it’s always been about new and difficult challenges and doing what I love,” he wrote.

Last week he made strong hints about the possible move, which fighters such as Tyson Griffin recently made following the UFC-WEC merger and the addition of a featherweight division. But Florian, who actually was “The Ultimate Fighter 1” runner-up while fighting as a middleweight, admits making weight for lightweight, let alone featherweight, can be a chore.

“Making 155, it’s tough sometimes,” he said. “It’s been tough.”

So what would it take to get to featherweight?

“I’m not sure if it would be a total lifestyle change,” he said. “But yeah, it’d probably be another lifestyle change. We’ll see. I’m not, well – we’ll see.”

Florian currently is nursing a knee injury that forced him out of a January UFC Fight Night 23 headliner with Evan Dunham.

“The knee is very good; I got it amputated last week,” Florian joked. “So I shouldn’t have any more pain.

“No, it feels good. It’s probably about 75 to 80 percent (healthy), and hopefully in another two or three weeks, I should be ready to start sparring and all that stuff.”

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