Kenny Florian has heard all the critics say he can’t win the big one. This weekend, Florian will try to proof them all wrong when he takes on Jose Aldo for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title.
Aldo-Florian serves as the co-main event for UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, which takes place this Saturday night in Houston, Texas.
Florian (15-5) is the only UFC fighter to compete in four different weight classes, but he has failed in two attempts to claim the UFC lightweight title. In Aldo, however, he gets another chance to wrap gold around his waist.
“I think, generally, he hasn’t faced a guy who’s as well-rounded and experienced as I am,” said Florian, during a pre-UFC 136 media call last week. “I’m going to bring well-rounded skills, experience and just see where the mystique lies.”
Aldo (19-1) has won 12 straight, including early stoppages over Manny Gamburyan, Mike Brown and Cub Swanson, with the Swanson win coming in eight seconds after a double flying knee. His speed and quickness, mixed with exceptional power for a featherweight, will be quite the test for “KenFlo.”
“He’s pretty unique and a very fast, explosive guy,” Florian said. “His dangerous weapons are his legs and excellent footwork. I had to prepare differently for him for sure.”
This is Florian’s second fight at featherweight, as he topped Diego Nunes in June of this year to earn the shot at Aldo. Florian claimed a decision over Nunes.