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Five Fights for Florian to Consider Before Aldo

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This should not be Florian’s stiffest test before Aldo.  Just saying.  PicProps:

Dana White has all but made official the next featherweight championship fight, saying that Kenny Florian “pretty much” is next in line for Jose Aldo, and we’ve kind of grumbled about it. It’s not that we don’t like Ken-Flo — we do — but we’re not entirely sold on Florian as the number one contender in the featherweight division.

Being brand new to the weight class, most reasonable people would expect Florian to get two or three good wins before they throw him in against the Brazilian destroyer of legs and faces.  It’s not like we’re asking him to go on an eight fight win streak before he gets a title shot, just spend more than fifteen minutes in the weight class.

Being the kind and helpful people we are, we decided to share our own ideas about who Florian could fight next to strengthen his case for a shot at the belt.  If Florian wins, then by all means slate him for the Aldo fight.  If he loses, he probably wasn’t ready anyway, right?

vs. Chad Mendes

Money Mendes would be a perfect test for Florian, who had difficulty with Gray Maynard‘s wrestling at UFC 118.  Florian has worked to improve his wrestling, but Diego Nunes was not going to test that — Mendes would test the shit out of Florian’s TDD and scrambling. If Florian beats Mendes, he’ll make a clear statement that he belongs in the title picture at 145. The catch here is that Mendes already has a fight scheduled for UFC 133 on 6 August, against Rani Yahya. Against Rani Yahya. Rani Yahya. Yeah, they could totally scratch that fight.

vs. Mark Hominick

Hominick came up short against Jose Aldo, but did it in the most impressive manner possible. Clearly a top five talent, Hominick is dealing with postpartum depression after giving birth to that forehead alien Aldo gave him, and has a clear schedule. As soon as he’s medically cleared and ready to fight, we’d love to see him return to challenge Florian. While the Canadian striker wouldn’t necessarily test Florian’s ground game, he should be a good litmus test for Florian’s striking at 145, and we know there will be no shortage of heart when Hominick enters the cage.

vs Dustin Poirier

If you want to sound like a New Orleans native, that city should be properly pronounced “Nawluns”. Draw out that first syllable a little bit.  Similarly, Dustin the Diamond’s surname would be “Pwawyay”. In general, just go slowly and cut down on enunciation, and the locals will at least think you’re from somewhere nearby, rather than another damn tourist. Anywho, Josh Grispi would be in this slot, except he’s now lost two in a row, one of those courtesy of our young friend from Lafayette. Poirier has one loss at 155, and he’s looked great as an undefeated featherweight. While admittedly this is a very dangerous fight for Florian — Poirier is no name opponent — we’d like to see someone test Florian’s cardio and resolve at 145.   Poirier should administer that test capably.

vs Chan Sung Jung

There are few fighters in the UFC’s featherweight division more well-known than The Korean Zombie, so this would be a big-name matchup worthy of a main event five rounder. Like Florian, Jung is long and tall at 145, and dangerous both standing and on the ground. While it debatable if a win over Jung would bolster Florian’s claim to contendership, who cares? It would be plenty of fun to watch. Jung’s dance card is clear after his redemption win over Leonard Garcia, so can we pencil this one in at the end of the summer?

vs Hatsu Hioki

The Sengoku champ and much-ballyhooed potential pickup will need a test of his own when he signs with the UFC, and a Hioki-Florian matchup sounds like a great chance to take the temperature on both fighters.  Hioki looked like a complete fighter in his victory over Marlon Sandro, showing better striking to complement his already tight ground game.  That victory earned Hioki nods as a top five talent from pretty much everyone, so a victory puts Florian as a legitimate championship contender, something we haven’t been completely convinced of quite yet.  Again, Hioki hasn’t been officially signed yet, but when he is, Florian would be a blockbuster first fight for him.

What you got, Nation? Is Ken-Flo ready for Aldo, or should he take another fight first?


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warchief65- June 15, 2011 at 10:59 pm
And , umm , in that picture , with Ken Jo weighing in , what the hell is Dana looking at ? I mean , come on !
warchief65- June 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Ken Jo won't win against the Brazilian Assassin , no matter how many tune ups he can get . Seems to me Ken Jo is looking for a weight class that he can win a belt in . What's next for him ?
Jonny5- June 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Kenflo vs "The Anvil", nobody???
Jord- June 15, 2011 at 10:01 am
Just noticed that Dana was sportin' a Boondock Saints shirt. Nice.
Jawbreaker_46- June 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Legit cases bothe ways. You could give him the shot based on his overall body of work. But thats bogus if Mendes beats Yahya then has to wait because that fight is booked. Being as Ken Flo has only won 1 in a row he should have to win another. Scrap Yahya and go with Mendes vs KenFlo
Nut Puncher 9000- June 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm
Damn, recognition from the author. Thanks. But Rex, dont go giving me too much respect
fatbellyfrank- June 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm
A bit torn on this one,as Nut Puncher and my main man Drano correctly stated, Kenflo has zero, zip, zilch to prove, he's fought legit guys across weight divisions so he's shown what he can do, but should a guy who changes weight divisions have to fight his way through that weight division, or due to whatever he's acheived in heavier weight classes, get a leg up. I think i'm gonna go with Drano and Nutpuncher on this one, I mean, its not as if Zoolander is an unknown quantity.
ReX13- June 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm
NutPunch9000 >> You know what? i can totally dig that argument. War Florian.
Steve W- June 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm
George Roop would be another interesting test.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I went into this on the last Kenflo title article but the average casual UFC fan has no clue who Hominick, Mendes, Hioki, Poirier, Jung are. No clue where they line up in the title picture, nothing. Yeah, they may have seen a good fight or two but that means nothing. Go take a look at the records of Hominick's last 4 opponents that earned him his shot at Aldo.
(GDI I hate repeating my self verbatim but) Florian will add legitimacy to a new weight division. He wins and a well known name reigns supreme. He loses and Aldo has passed the litmus test in the casual fan's mind of being tough. Everyone that has seen a few UFCs has seen Florian fight for the title or beat many a tough fighter. He has nothing to prove at 145. NOTHING.
intercept440- June 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm
damnit man, didnt we beat this horse up yesterday??? i dont think he deserves it till he beats mendes.

then feed him to aldo, since thats not the way it is going to go down, he will fight aldo for the title probably in late july or early august, and then aldo will have a new shirt coined after he defeat of kenflo....

it will have the southpark kids on it, and it will say damnit you killed kenny, aldo you bastard...

any of you guys think kenny can beat jo-say??
wrestlemma- June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm
I think Kenny proved that he deserves a title shot after his drastic weight cut.. I don't think he's ready for Aldo though.. I would only say to give him another fight just to help him prepare, cuz at this rate, Aldo is gonna knock him the F out!
dranokills- June 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm
see rex now you know how all us REAL MMA fans felt when cock chestner got a shot at the belt when he didn't even come close to deserving that fight.
had He been made to go thru people like carwin, cain, and dos santos...he would never have wore gold around his waist.
But unlike Brock (brokeass) lesner, Kenny has more fights on one hand than Brock can count. Kenny actually earns this fight just like penn when he jumps around weigh classes.
mattyr31- June 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Kenflo vs Ken shamrock ... To see who the worlds most dangerous Ken is
RwilsonR- June 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm
vs Anorexia
LOKI- June 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm
@taters-Shields was on a 15 fight win streak not a 1 fight win streak and had just beaten a guy who was hand picked to destroy him. Also WW was bone dry for contenders.
ReX13- June 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Shifty >> Well, Diamond does have that totally legit karate black belt...
Shifty-Eyed Dog- June 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Dustin Diamond is an MMA fighter?? Who knew Screech had it in him?
Suttonp- June 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm
I have no problem with Kenny vs Aldo, but Kenny should fight sometime in the next 6 months. If Aldo isn't ready, then Kenny vs. Chan Sung Jung would make a great five-round fight.
PERPATRAITOR- June 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Kenflo is the biggest kiss ass in the UFC.
taters- June 14, 2011 at 11:52 am
What about Jake Shields? He came from a different organization in a different weight class and fought once at Welterweight in the UFC and fought for the belt.

WAR Florian
LOKI- June 14, 2011 at 11:38 am
Homminick would destroy Kenny. I dont understand why the UFC is so desperate to get a title on this guy. He didnt really earn the first 2 LW shots he got and 1 decision for mr 'I finish fights!' does not a #1 contender make.
SeanSoloXXX- June 14, 2011 at 11:33 am
Im a huge KenFlo nut hugger but i would def have to agree. Not just to prove himself at 145 but because i would like to see him make weight at 145 a couple more time and get used to making that cut. I'd like to see him at his FULL potential that way he could be better/stronger and maybe we wouldnt have to see yet another KenFlo title shot loss. Cause i mean if he loses... Then what?
D-man420- June 14, 2011 at 11:25 am
I just lol every time i think of Aldo vs Kenny. Kenny would get his has handed to him damn. Does he really think he can beat Aldo?
mmacanada- June 14, 2011 at 11:17 am
Well that's just it. Whether Ken flo wins or loses. You still have another contender waiting for a shot. Hominicks 3 mins of fame in rd 5 does not change what happened in the 4 rounds before. Kenny just be a legitimate contender. Ken flo hominick had a decent 5th because Aldo was tired of beating on the tumor and didn't want to kill him.

And that was a bit cuntish.