Two mainstays of the UFC’s lightweight division, Kenny Florian and Tyson Griffin are believed to be seriously considering dropping down to the newly formed UFC featherweight division.
In fact Griffin has already committed to going down after he returns from knee surgery.
“I’ve got some big plans for 2011, and unfortunately they’re put on hold right now, but those plans are to move to 145 and make a run for that belt. So you can see me at a new weight class looking stronger and better than ever hopefully,” Griffin said.
The fighter hopes the move will reignite his UFC career which has faltered in recent times, losing three times in a row in 2010, including a devastating KO loss to Takanori Gomi.
Meanwhile there’s been talk that former lightweight No.1 contender Florian is also contemplating the switch.
“We’ll see that the future holds. I guess that’s all I can say right now. They say, ‘Never ever say never ever,'” the 34 year-old tells MMAJunkie.
Rumor has it that Florian may be attempting a trial cut to 145lbs with the help of the increasingly popular ‘Dolce Diet,’ which has been used successfully by many other big name fighters including tonight’s UFC 126 title challenger Vitor Belfort.
Florian, who competed at 185lbs in original season of The Ultimate Fighter, admits that even getting down to 155lbs is, “tough,” though, so it’s by no means a certainty that this will happen.
It’s easy to see why the likes of Florian and Griffin would see the drop down as appealing though. At this moment in time the lightweight division is absolutely stacked, while the featherweight class is struggling to find suitable contenders for current dominant champion Jose Aldo.
Aldo is considered one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters after an 11 fight winning streak, and the chance to fight him would be an extremely attractive proposition, and perhaps the quickest route to a title shot for either man.
They won’t be the only 155lb’ers with the same idea though, so expect a fair amount of movement in the divisions as we delve deeper into 2011.