Once upper echelon lightweight in the UFC’s 155 lb. division, Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin have both found themselves hitting a wall. Having had little success recently in an increasingly crowded division, Florian and Griffin both recently announced plans to try their chances in the newly incorporated UFC featherweight class. CagePotato.com recently compiled statements of intent made by both men.
Florian, who has lost twice in lightweight title fights and recently saw his third shot at the belt go up in smoke after losing to Gray Maynard in a number one contender’s bout, told ESPN.com of his desire to drop to 145 lbs. and make a run for that division’s title.
“I started playing around with the idea: could I make 145? Originally, I didn’t think it was possible,” Florian said. “I spoke with a few nutritionists, got their opinions, told them what my body fat was, my walking-around weight, all that stuff and the general consensus was that it was very possible…[The UFC] is very supportive. They’re very excited about the move…My goal is to get the 145-pound belt, and then go up to 155 and challenge for that belt as well.”
Griffin is currently on a three-fight losing skid (though his latest defeat, a split decision to Nik Lentz, was found to be controversial by many), having posted defeats to Evan Dunham (split decision), Takanori Gomi (knockout) and Nik Lentz (split decision). Griffin took to his personal website, TysonGriffin.com, to reveal his desire to drop weight and also to inform the public of a knee injury which he is currently addressing.
“Been having some problems with my knee, decided to get an MRI, found some tears in my meniscus, decided to get those cleaned out, and it’s gonna be a few more weeks until I can put my knee to the test to make sure everything’s good to go and commit to a fight. Nobody wants to be back in the Octagon quicker than I do,” Griffin said. “Got some big plans for 2011, unfortunately they’re put on hold right now. But those plans are to move to 145 and make a run for that belt.”
Florian holds a professional record of 13-5, Griffin of 14-5. Florian is also currently addressing a knee injury which forced him out of a planned January bout against Melvin Guillard.