Season one cast member of The Ultimate Fighter and longtime UFC contender Kenny Florian will soon challenge for promotional gold for the third time in his career, as he’ll be facing UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136 this October.
Aldo, a 24-year-old Brazilian phenom, sports a record of 19-1 and has successfully defended his title three times since taking it from Mike Brown in 2009. The Nova União product has looked mostly unstoppable through each of those fights, stringing together a highlight reel of impressive finishes along the way. As a result, Florian lauds praise on his soon-to-be opponent, as he did in a recent conversation with the Boston Herald.
“I just remember that he was extremely explosive,” Florian said. “He finishes guys very quickly. I just remember being very impressed. I didn’t know much about him, but I just liked the way that he fought. He was exciting. Anyone who’s willing to try flying knees, acrobatic kicks and finish the fight the way he did —- I’m always a fan of those kind of fighters, and Aldo is that guy.”
Florian has challenged Sean Sherk and BJ Penn for lightweight gold in the past, but believes that his impending tilt against “Scarface” may very well prove to be the most difficult of his nineteen fight career.
“I think he’s going to be one of my toughest fights or the toughest fight of my career,” said Florian. “He comes in with a lot of the different assets than other fighters I’ve faced. He has tremendous stand-up, tremendous jiu-jitsu and we’re even on the wrestling. That makes it an awesome fight.”
UFC 136 is planned to take place on October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.