In a recent interview with CagePotato.com the always classy Kenny Florian spoke more candidly than usual about his former TUF 1 cast mate Diego Sanchez and his retreat from the 155 pound weight division of the UFC, which Florian attributes to the overwhelming skill level present in the UFC’s lightweight class.
After a one sided trouncing at the hands of lightweight ruler BJ Penn, “The Nightmare” has decided he will go back up in weight to again try his luck in the deep waters of the welterweight division. This is something Florian says he saw coming. “You know, I pretty much predicted that. The skill level at 155lbs is the best in the UFC, if you look across the board, in terms of well-rounded fighters.”
Despite Sanchez’s return to the 170lbs stable Florian is still hopeful that he will avenge the loss he accrued at the hands of the eccentric Sanchez as finalists on the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter Reality Show. “We are both different fighters from the first time we fought and of course I’d love a rematch with Diego.” Florian went on, “Who knows? Maybe it’s still something that could happen, you know? Maybe we could meet at a catch weight or maybe we could do it at 155. I think Diego wants big fights. I still see this as a viable option in the future.”
Perhaps as a way to motivate Sanchez into seeking a rematch with the Bostonian, Florian left with this to say: “Diego thought he was going to be able to go out there and just smash people at 155. Not going to happen, Diego. The skill level is too good out there. You have to be very, very well rounded… In my opinion, Diego just never looked great at 155.”
It is being widely reported that Florian is close to finalizing a deal to take on Pride vet Takanori Gomi in March at an Ultimate Fight Night event in North Carolina. It is unclear as of yet when and against whom Diego Sanchez will make his welterweight return.