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Kenny Florian On Title Fight Losses: I’m Thankful For My Mistakes

35-year-old UFC featherweight fighter Kenny Florian will challenge for his third UFC championship this Saturday when he meets 145lbs. kingpin Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3.

He first faced Sean Sherk for the vacant lightweight belt back in 2006, losing via unanimous decision and then took on BJ Penn at UFC 101, losing by rear naked choke. After losing a lopsided decision to Gray Maynard at UFC 118 last year in a title eliminator match, Florian decided to try his luck in the featherweight division. After defeating Aldo’s teammate Diego Nunes in his weight class debut, the longtime UFC staple was awarded a shot at the belt.

Florian was recently asked how different this title fight is than his most recent challenge for the belt against BJ Penn and he explained how he learns from each of his losses, in title fights or otherwise.

“It is different. It’s definitely different,” said Florian. “I think every fight is always gonna be different. You’re always gonna have a different mindset based on your training camp, based on your opponent. I’ve always learned from each previous camp, win or lose. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’m thankful for those mistakes. My goal is to try to make each training camp better and better every time and to be able to increase my workload capacity and improve my skills and I think I’ve done that for every training camp. I feel good man. I’ve trained my ass off for this fight and I’m looking forward to going out there and competing hard on the eighth.”

Florian and Aldo will square off in the co-main event of UFC 136 in support of a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The event will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas; will have live, ongoing coverage of the event beginning with the preliminary card.