Long-time lightweight contender Kenny Florian has confirmed his intention to move down to featherweight.

We reported at the tail-end of last week that the 34 year-old had been considering the drop to 145lbs, but at that stage the fighter himself only went as far as to hint, “never ever say never ever,” when asked about it.

Now he’s went public via Twitter about his intentions.

“I’ll indeed be fighting at 145 pounds,” he stated. “It is a great new challenge. My goal is to get belt at featherweight, and I’ll be back at 155.”

On the ESPN website Florian discussed in more detail the planning that has gone into making this decision.

“I started playing around with the idea: could I make 145? Originally, I didn’t think it was possible,” Florian said. “I spoke with a few nutritionists, got their opinions, told them what my body fat was, my walking-around weight, all that stuff and the general consensus was that it was very possible. I put a lot of thought into it, spoke with my coaches and everybody involved and decided that I am going to try it. I’m going to go for it.”

It’s believed that Florian could make his featherweight debut this summer. Given that he’s still one of the top ranked lightweights in the UFC it’s certain that he will immediately become a major player at 145lbs, though Florian is believed to not be looking for an immediate title shot.

Having said that, he has admitted that the move is partly fueled by his desire to fight current champion Jose Aldo, who’s considered one of the top pound-for-pound competitors in the sport..