Kenny Florian will earn himself an interesting accolade this weekend when he makes his featherweight debut against Diego Nunes, becoming one of the few men to have competed in four different weight classes.
Debuting as a middleweight during his appearance on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Florian has since fought as a welterweight and lightweight. Having come to a career crossroads by losing to Gray Maynard in a number one contender’s bout for what would have been his third run at the lightweight title, Florian began to explore the possibility of competing as a featherweight.
Speaking with Yahoo! Sports recently, Florian discussed the decision making process behind making the cut to 145lbs.
“There were a couple of things,” said Florian. “Starting off, what got into my head was when I was asked to fight Jose Aldo at 155, but Jose decided to stay at 145. I started thinking about it then. My former manager, Malki Kawa, proposed the idea to me and put it into my head. I didn’t just jump into it. I consulted with a few nutritionists, and talked to my coaches. All the nutritionists agreed I could make weight and perform. That’s when I decided to try it out.”
Florian will take on dangerous 16-1 Brazilian fighter Diego Nunes on the main card of UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin, which goes down this Saturday night at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.