Throughout the course of Friday match-ups were being finalized for October 8th’s UFC 136 event, and with each announcement it become more and more clear that this was going to be a show that’s not to be missed.
Following the unveiling of a lightweight title rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard came the news that the Houston, Texas show will also host a second title fight, this time in the featherweight division, as reigning champ Jose Aldo takes on Kenny Florian.
This is a fight that’s been in the works for a while. In fact prior to the UFC and WEC’s merger last year the UFC asked Aldo to move to the promotion to compete against Florian at 155lbs. Aldo turned the offer down, preferring to stay at 145lbs for the time being and solidify his champion status at featherweight.
Since then he’s notched up his first UFC title defense in the division against Mark Hominick, while Florian made the decision to continue to pursue Aldo by cutting down to the featherweight division himself.
After claiming a victory over Diego Nunes in his 145lb debut Florian was widely believed to have been installed as the next title challenger and today’s announcement confirms it.
This should be a very interesting fight with Florian’s years of experience competing against top level opponents and well-rounded skill-set making him one of Aldo’s toughest challengers to date.
Adding extra interest to the fight is the fact that Aldo has went on record as saying that if he gets past ‘Ken-Flo’ then he will be entertaining the idea of potential ‘superfight’s with the champions of both the bantamweight (Dominick Cruz) and lightweight divisions (Frankie Edgar).
Other fights confirmed for UFC 136 now include Chael Sonnen Vs Brian Stann, Melvin Guillard Vs Joe Lauzon and Damien Maia Vs Jorge Santiago.