Long-time UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian recently announced his forthcoming move to featherweight, and on MMA Live yesterday he revealed that he’ll debut against Diego Nunes at UFC 131 .
Nunes, who is currently on a three fight winning streak, defeating former champion Mike Brown in his UFC debut at the turn of the year, is certainly a worthy challenger for him. In fact he’s only lost once in 17 professional fights.
Florian could prove to be his toughest test yet. though The former TUF season 1 finalist has fought a who’s who of the lightweight division over the years, defeating the likes of Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi, Joe Stevenson and Roger Huerta along the way.
A belt has always eluded the 34 year-old however, having lost to both BJ Penn and Sean Sherk in previous title shots at 155lbs, and after missing out on another chance to become the No.1 contender after losing to Gray Maynard, it appears that Florian feels his best bet now is to start afresh in a new division.
Featherweight is currently a little light on potential challengers for current dominant champion Jose Aldo, so Florian’s switch is a welcome one, and should inject new life and star power into the ranks.
UFC 131 takes place on June 11th and is expected to be headlined by heavyweights Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos following their stint coaching on The Ultimate Fighter 13.