In addition to the announced lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 136 this October, the UFC announced today that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title against top contender Kenny Florian at the event.
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 in June.
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.
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III will take place on October 8, 2011, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.