Former 155-pound title-contender Ken Florian has joined Tyson Griffin among the exodus of talented lightweights dropping down a division to test their skills at 145 pounds resulting from the UFC’s addition of WEC’s smaller weight-classes. However, while Griffin’s decision may have been influenced by three consecutive losses, “Ken Flo” is 8-2 in his last ten fights including victories over Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, Takanori Gomi, and Clay Guida.
News of the move was reported by ESPN where Florian spends time as a co-host on MMA Live.
“I started playing around with the idea: could I make 145? Originally, I didn’t think it was possible,” explained Florian. “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.”
According to his manager Florian’s 145-pound debut will take place at some point this Summer.
Fans may recall this is not the first time Florian’s name has come up in connection with the UFC’s featherweight division. The original Ultimate Fighter finalist was recently rumored for a scrap with dynamic champion Jose Aldo who would have gone up to 155 had the bout come to fruition.
Florian has been out of action since a decision loss to Gray Maynard last August, though he was scheduled for a match-up with Evan Dunham in January but forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. The 34-year old Northeasterner is 13-5 in his career with nine wins by way of submission as well as a trio of TKOs to his credit.
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