The first title fight for the UFC 136 fight card was made official today, as both champion José Aldo and challenger Kenny Florian tipped the scales at 145lbs.
The fight will be Florian’s third try at UFC gold and his first since dropping to the featherweight division. He’s worked his whole career for moments like this one and, with the caveat that this could be his last shot at a title, Florian is determined not to let the opportunity slip through his fingers again.
“It’s gonna be a great fight,” said Florian after he weighed in. “This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time; this is the fight that brought me to 145. I’ve trained too hard and suffered too much to not go home with the title tomorrow night.”
25-year-old José Aldo will look to continue his phenomenal run as featherweight champ, which has seen him thoroughly defeat the likes of Urijah Faber and Mike Thomas Brown, when he meets Florian in the cage. He maintains that he has nothing but respect for his opponent, but will beat him down like all the others come fight night.
“Kenny is an excellent athlete… But whatever he presents I’ll be prepared,” said Aldo.
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 goes down tomorrow night, October 8, from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Check back on FightLine.com for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.