With his UFC 131 victory over Diego Nunes, longtime lightweight contender Kenny Florian likely secured himself a shot at UFC featherweight champion José Aldo’s championship belt.
Though UFC president Dana White has said only that Florian will “more than likely” challenge for Aldo’s strap at 145lbs., the Brazilian champion recently appeared on the TV show “Sensei De Batendo,” where he revealed that he expects to face Florian in his next title defense (props to FightersOnly.com).
“This is my expectation,” Aldo said of facing Florian next. “No doubt I think this is going to be a tough confrontation. Because of the name Florian holds in US, I guess this will be a marketable fight so I think he is the next opponent of mine.”
During his tenure as a top ten lightweight fighter in the UFC’s 155lbs. division, “Ken-Flo” challenged for the title twice, coming up short both times to Sean Sherk and BJ Penn, respectively. Having recently lost to powerhouse wrestler Gray Maynard in a bout to determine the number one lightweight contender, Florian decided it best to make a run for the belt at featherweight, which he appears to have earned by taking out the very tough Nunes via decision at UFC 131 last weekend.
Currently on a twelve-fight winning streak, Aldo has defended his strap three times consecutively, with his most recent defense, a unanimous decision win over Mark Hominick at UFC 129, being his most difficult to date.