Kenny Florian respects UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and even agrees with his ranking as one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters in all of MMA. That doesn’t mean “KenFlo” is just going to let “Scarface” walk all over him this Saturday night at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III.
Florian will be making his third attempt at securing UFC gold for the first time in his career when he takes on Aldo in the co-main event in Houston’s Toyota Center. The fight will be on pay-per-view.
“I respect Aldo’s skills massively and was mightily impressed by his win over (Mark Hominick). He really went through his entire repertoire on Hominick, and Hominick is no slouch, by the way,” wrote Florian on his blog for ESPN.com. “I still consider him a great fighter and one of the future stars of this sport. I know he’s a tremendous fighter with great qualities. I am prepared for it all. I’ve been there before, I’ve been in big fights, and I don’t feel like Aldo has fought anybody like me before. I don’t think he has been put up against anybody as strong and well-rounded as I am.”
Florian is trying to shed the image of not being able to win the big one, as he lost in The Ultimate Fighter finale to Diego Sanchez, was defeated by Sean Sherk for the vacant UFC lightweight title, and suffered a defeat at the hands of B.J. Penn for the same title. He also lost to Gray Maynard in a No. 1 contender bout last year.
“I know I’m capable of doing it (beating Aldo) and I pinch myself from time to time when recalling how it all started,” Florian said. “I can only see this fight being a grueling scrap and one that takes in all areas of the Octagon. There won’t be a space on that Octagon floor that we won’t both tread at some stage.”