Many see Kenny Florian’s upcoming title fight with UFC featherweight champion José Aldo – his third shot at UFC gold – as possibly his last opportunity to fight for a belt. Florian has seen championship rounds twice and, after losing an opportunity to fight Frankie Edgar by losing to Gray Manyard in a title eliminator, the affable Bostonian dropped to featherweight to mount what has been called his last stand.
Florian though, doesn’t quite look at it in those terms.
“I don’t really see it that way,” said Florian. “I’m fortunate that I love what I do. I love going to the gym everyday and learning. I love the challenges. I’ve been in the UFC a long time. I think, just to be able to do that, has been a blessing. I want to compete against the best guys and that’s what I have here on Saturday night. I’m gonna go out there and get it done. This has been an excellent training camp and I feel that it’s my time.”
Ken-Flo believes that the fight, which takes place in the co-main event slot of UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 tomorrow night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, will be one of the – or possibly the – most difficult of his career, but he still plans on walking out of the ring with a belt.
“It’s gonna be a tough fight, Aldo’s dangerous and I expect it’s going to be a bloody fight,” he predicted. “I’ll leave there bloody, but I’ll leave there with the belt.”