A torn MCL and torn miniscus late last year ruled out Kenny Florian from a fight with Evan Dunham in the main event of UFC Fight Night 23 later this month, but the former lightweight No.1 contender is now on the mend and has someone in mind for his next visit to the octagon.

“So I just spoke to @kennyflorian. Looks like he can return in or around May…I asked him who wants to fight…. Answer: @showtimepettis!” Florian’s manager Malki Kawa revealed today on Twitter.

Coincidentally Anthony Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts told MMAJunkie today that he expects to debut in the UFC in May or June and that verbal agreements are in place for a bout, though he stopped short of naming the opponent.

If so it’s a tough bout for Pettis who rose to fame at the WEC’s last show in December when he seized the promotion’s lightweight title from Ben Henderson and pulled off one of the most jaw-dropping moves in MMA history when he sprung off the cage and performed a spinning kick which floored his opponent.

Pettis had originally been lined up to fight for the UFC’s 155lb strap, but a rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard put that plan on the back-burner, and left him seeking another fight in the meantime.

Meanwhile the 34 year-old Florian is looking to get back on the horse after missing out on a third shot at the lightweight title after losing to Maynard in August.

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