Kenny Florian has been training to win a UFC title for the better part of his MMA career. Saturday night, Florian gets his third shot at accomplishing that dream when he meets Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight crown at UFC 136.
“Ken Flo” has lost twice in his quest to claim the UFC lightweight title, falling to Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn. Those defeats, along with a loss to Gray Maynard in a #1 contender match, have allowed some to say Florian doesn’t have what it takes to win the big one. Those statements don’t bother Florian though – they only fuel him.
“I’d be lying if I said winning the UFC world championship hasn’t been a dream of mine for many years,” said Florian, in his blog for ESPN’s website. “That is a dream that every fighter in this sport has had at some stage and I am no different. I’ve worked so hard to get where I am right now and the title is there for the taking this Saturday night. I’m sure it will be an amazing feeling when the time finally arrives.”
In Aldo, Florian knows that he will be facing a man that is highly ranked in the pound-for-pound class and is only getting better as he progresses in age and skill level.
“Based on what I’ve seen, and based on who he has beaten, Aldo definitely deserves his pound-for-pound tag,” Florian said. “They say (he) is one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but, with days to go until we touch gloves and fight, I’m not listening to anything the so-called experts are saying. All that stuff means absolutely nothing to me right now and it will mean even less when we both step into the Octagon on Saturday at UFC 136.”
Florian (15-5) has been splitting his time in preparation for Aldo (19-1) at both his own Florian Martial Arts Center in Massachusetts with his brother, Keith, and the Tristar Gym in Montreal with Firas Zahabi. The 35-year-old is 12-4 in his UFC career with past wins over Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, Joe Lauzon, and Clay Guida.
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