UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is always seeking a knockout or a finish when he steps inside the Octagon. And after being forced to go five rounds with Mark Hominick earlier this year, Aldo wants nothing more than to finish his fight with Kenny Florian early.
Aldo will defend his title against Florian this Saturday night at UFC 136 in the co-main event. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard meet for the UFC lightweight strap in the main event.
“Scarface” has recorded 12 knockouts and two submission wins in his 19 career wins, including seven KOs in his last nine fights.
“I don’t believe he’ll want to bang with me, he won’t risk it,” said Aldo, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “He’s a guy who doesn’t take risks, you can notice it on his fights and you’ll realize he didn’t start trading punches with anyone from the beginning, he always tries to get away from it with a jab or a punch and then grab you and take you into his game.”
Florian has only went to a decision five times in his 20 career fights, earning 10 submission wins and three knockout victories. He defeated Diego Nunes to earn this shot at Aldo in just his second bout at featherweight.
“He has a big experience and I can’t underestimate his elbows,” Aldo said of Florian. “Besides kicking hard, he owns a powerful high kick. I gotta stay tuned to these tricks, but I’m sure I’ll block them.”
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