FiveOuncesOfPain.com has just received news from Kenny Florian‘s recently released official newsletter that he has inked his fight with B.J. Penn, slated for the main event of UFC 101.
Below is the transcript from the recent release from Florian.
I have some exciting news to share with you. Accordingly, I am happy to announce that I will be fighting BJ Penn on August 8th in Philadelphia, PA at UFC 101 for the UFC Lightweight title. I signed the fight contract over the weekend.
Fans in Boston and on the East Coast have been going nuts knowing that the UFC is coming back to our side of the states. Fighting in Philadelphia will be an amazing experience! I have many, many friends in the Philadelphia area.
How can I NOT think about one of my favorite movies “Rocky” when you mention the “City of Brotherly Love”? Philly is home to such boxing legends as Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins – so we all know it is a true fighting town. Like Boston, Philly is recognized for its world-class institutions, passionate sports fans and hard working people.
It’s going to be my first time fighting on the East Coast for the UFC and I will be training hard to represent my “Beast Coast” fans! My training camp will begin in June and then it will be full steam ahead till August.
The e-mails have been pouring in and I really appreciate the huge support from my fans all over the world.
BJ Penn has been a wrecking machine at 155lbs and I guarantee that our fight will showcase MMA at its highest level.
Stay safe and stay with the Flo!! – Kenny
Florian has been on a six fight win streak since losing his first bid at the UFC’s lightweight title to Sean Sherk way back at UFC 64. His most recent appearance in the octagon saw him submit Joe Stevenson with a rear naked choke at UFC 91.
Penn will be trying to bounce back from the thrashing he took at the hands of UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, at UFC 94, when he moves back down to lightweight to defend his title for the first time since he stopped Sean Sherk with strikes in May of 2008.