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UFC 136: José Aldo Vs. Kenny Florian

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Florian relaxed and composed as he walks to the cage; Aldo looks focused and ready to go. Big Dan Miragliotta will be the third man in the cage for the featherweight title fight.

Round 1: They touch gloves and Florian lands a glancing leg kick. Florian with a head kick next; it’s blocked. Another good inside leg kick by Florian. Aldo rushes forward with punches from both hands, backing Florian up. Florian shoots, but Aldo defends and makes him pay with hard punches. Florian telling the ref that he’s getting poked in the eye. Florian drops for the takedown as Aldo moves in, he gets it but Aldo pops right back up. Florian stays on him and presses him into the fence. The crowd is growing restless as Florian presses Aldo into the fence. Florian hits the trip, but Aldo pops right back up. Florian gets him down briefly again and Aldo gets back to his feet. Florian is all over Aldo here, but Aldo breaks free. Florian clearly looking to time Aldo’s strikes to hit the takedown. He presses Aldo into the fence again, looking for the takedown. Florian lands a knee to the body against the fence, an elbow. They trade shots at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Florian

Round 2: They touch gloves again and Florian immediately looks for the takedown. He misses it, but lands a good right. Florian looks to be throwing Aldo off some with his constant pressure and work from the outside. Aldo with a good left hook. Florian misses on another takedown and slaps a body kick. Aldo isn’t throwing any kicks, possibly for fear of the takedown. A more measured pace in the second round, the crowd boos. Good inside leg kick by Florian, Aldo returns with two of his own. Florian sticks a good jab. Florian with a good inside leg kick. Aldo lands a head kick and then a good straight right. Aldo shucks Florian to the mat when he tries for the takedown and barely misses on a hard punch. Aldo with another good straight right and an inside leg kick. Florian lands another good leg kick. He drops for the takedown before the bell, but is denied. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Florian opens the round with a leg kick. Aldo fires a right down the pipe. Florian opening up with his kicks, but he eats a one-two by Aldo. Aldo lands a hard right hand. Both men making the other miss. Aldo knocks Florian off balance with an inside leg kick and follows up with a one-two that stings Florian. Another right hand for Aldo. Another. Aldo throws a leg kick and avoids the takedown attempt by Florian. Aldo takes mount in the scramble, but Florian regains guard quickly. They scramble back and forth, but Aldo keeps top position throughout. Aldo looks to be taking a little rest while on top. Aldo slipping in some punches. Florian backs Aldo off with good hips and threatens with up-kicks, but Aldo moves back in and lands another shot before Florian tries for another takedown. Aldo defends. Florian drives for the takedown again with ten seconds to go. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Round 4: They touch gloves again. Florian with an inside leg kick. Aldo returns and it is checked. Aldo showing slick head movement and a knowledge of angles. Aldo with an inside leg kick. They clinch briefly. Aldo with a right hand-left hook combo. Florian tries for the takedown again and it’s stuffed. Aldo lands a good knee as Florian presses him into the fence. Aldo finally shakes Florian off of him, but Florian dives right back in for the takedown. Aldo defends again. Florian is denied again on the takedown. Aldo turns Florian into the fence, Florian returns the favor and drops for the single. Aldo defends and lands a right hand. Again to the body and then a left hook to the head. Florian goes for the takedown again, pressing Aldo into the fence. The crowd is growing restless. Aldo lands a right hand before the bell. scores the round 10-10

Round 5: Florian trying to work his reach with straight punches early on, but can’t land. Florian presses Aldo into the fence again and hits a knee to the body. The crowd boos. This looks something like his title fight with BJ Penn, but less dominant on the champ’s part. Florian slips throwing a knee and Aldo starts to kick his legs. Florian tries to sit up and Aldo punches him in the face. Florian working axe kicks and trying to kick Aldo’s knees. He looks to attack the knee, Aldo defends and then takes mount. Florian trying to scramble, but Aldo keeps top position, though he loses mount. Florian gets to his feet, but Aldo keeps him grated against the fence. Big Dan resets them in the middle, where they immediately clinch. Aldo presses Florian into the fence with a minute left. Florian turns him with just over thirty seconds left. Florian is stuffed on a takedown attempt. Aldo chases him down with punches and misses a high kick before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Florian doesn’t look like he feels he won this fight, hanging his head after the bell.

José Aldo defeated Kenny Florian via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Aldo says he had to fight a very smart and technical fight against such a wily veteran in Florian and will turn in a better, more decisive performance next time. Says he expected Florian to employ the same kind of strategy against him as he did against BJ Penn.