When Jose Aldo defends his UFC featherweight title against Kenny Florian at UFC 136, there are sure to be several interests observers.
The title-fight, which will be one of two on the night, presents a sort of new-age fighter vs. a crafty veteran match-up that fans love to see.
Aldo, the youthful title-holder that dominated the WEC, will be defending his UFC gold for a second time. He is 19-1 in his career.
Florian (15-5) will be competing in his third championship fight with the UFC. He is 0-2 so far in title fights.
“I think Kenny is out to prove that he can get over the hump and win his first UFC world title,” UFC President Dana White. “Aldo’s been running through guys at 145 pounds, but Florian is the most experienced guy he’s ever fought.”
Aldo and Florian more than likely saw each other live and in-person, as the two both competed on the UFC card from Canada that saw Florian defeat Diego Nunes and Aldo defend his title against Mark Hominick.
Aldo has won 12 straight fights since suffering his first and only career loss in 2005. He has defeated such veterans as Urijah Faber, Mike Brown and Cub Swanson.
“Kenny Florian is a tough fighter with experience in many weight classes,” Aldo said. “This is an exciting fight for the fans and will show why the featherweight division is one of the toughest in the UFC.”
This is Florian’s fourth different weight class, as he has also competed at welterweight, lightweight and middleweight. He is 9-2 in his last 11 fights, with the lone losses coming to Gray Maynard and Sean Sherk.
“Being at 145 pounds, I feel like I’m one of the better, stronger athletes in the division,” Florian said. “Jose Aldo is the most dangerous opponent I’ve ever faced, but I’ve never felt more prepared. Most people are intimidated by Jose, but I plan on bringing the fight to him. I expect this to be a really exciting fight that ends in me realizing my dreams of becoming a world champion.”
UFC 136 takes place October 8 from Houston’s Toyota Center. A lightweight fight for the belt between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard is the scheduled main event.