Kenny Florian tabs Hatsu Hioki as the man to face Jose Aldo at UFC 149

Seasoned UFC veteran Kenny Florian knows what it is like to step inside the Octagon with  featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Florian, who lost to the dynamic Brazilian last year, recently pegged Hatsu Hioki has the #1 contender to face “Scarface” at UFC 149 while lending some insight during this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. So far, only Aldo has been announced for the July 21 card with his opponent being left up in the air.

“Hatsu Hioki should be the contender,” Florian said on the show, pointing out both Hioki’s divisional standing and overall skill. “He is the #2 featherweight in the world. He has the reach, length, and experience to give Aldo a hard time.”

However, despite Florian’s feelings, Hioki has stated he wants to wait at least one more fight in the UFC before taking on Aldo. The 28-year-old is 28-4-2 in his career and 2-0 inside the Octagon with wins over Bart Palaszewski and George Roop.

Aldo, meanwhile, is 21-1 with three wins in the UFC since the WEC was absorbed by the promotion. He has defended his title against Florian, Mark Hominick, and most recently Chad Mendes. Other possibilities besides Hioki include Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung who are destined to dance together in May at UFC on Fuel 3.

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7 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    one too many “h” ‘s in that title. ;)

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  • MCM says:

    Although I haven’t been that impressed with Hioki since he came to the UFC, divisionaly speaking, he is right there in line. Personally, I’d rather see Poirier though.

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    well the KZ vs Poirier fight is 2 months before ufc 149 so there isn’t enough time

    my bet is that dana convinces hioki to fight for a larger purse but hioki isn’t ready for aldo

    florian and hominick were the only two fighters to give aldo problems but even then hominick fought a sick jose aldo who had an exhausting weight cut

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Right now I only see Koch or Poirer as any kind of a threat against the Champ-unless Edgar comes down

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I thought the winner of Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung was getting the nod…?

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  • JabCrossHook says:

    Rece if they want aldo to fight at ufc 149 then the winner of KZ and poirier won’t have enough time to prepare against aldo

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  • Rece Rock says:

    True…

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