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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