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From the ‘We Saw This One Coming a Mile Away’ File: Dana White Says Kenny Florian is Likely Up Next for a Shot at Aldo


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If you listened to The Bum Rush Radio Show this week (and we’re pretty sure at least some of you did, right mom?) you would know our collective feelings on the inevitability that Kenny Florian would be handed another undeserved title shot if he beat Diego Nunes at UFC 131. Well, according to UFC president Dana White, KenFlo “pretty much” has dibs on Jose Aldo when the champ returns from nursing a nagging shoulder injury.

When asked at the post-UFC 131 press conference if Florian’s win earned him a shot at Aldo, White answered succinctly, “More than likely. How’s that for confirmation?” before adding “I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He deserves a shot at the title. No doubt about it.”

Sure Florian’s win over Nunes was a decent one, but taking two out of three rounds doesn’t really scream “immediate title shot” to me. I’m starting to think Kenny has a photo of Dana White and Joe Silva in a compromising position with a barnyard animal or something. How else can you explain their proclivity for handing Florian title shots whenever the feeling comes to them? What about Chad Mendes? And if you’re going to just give title shots away, why not bring in Hatsu Hioki and put him against the champ or even better still, have him fight Florian to decide who deserves it more?

I seem to recall a certain UFC president stating that Florian was a choker when it came to title fights, so why give him another one before proving if he can beat a top-tier 145er. I asked Mark Hominick a few weeks ago if Florian is an opponent he’d like to face and he said he would if he got past Nunes. Problem solved.

Maybe Dana was caught up in the moment, maybe he was trying to make headlines out of footnotes from the presser, or maybe he realized the photo Florian’s camp had been holding over his and Silva’s heads for the past few years was merely a shoddily done Photoshop, but for whatever reason he was less definitive when talking to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani a short while later.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “Nothing is definitive.”

Especially not the UFC’s formula for deciding its number one contenders.

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Jonny5- June 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Hatsu Hioki immediate title shot please!!!
rogerw- June 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm
Well, I like Florian, but my money's not on him in a fight with Aldo...
intercept440- June 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm
ide say have ken and chad duke it out to see who gets the shot if it was me. but obviously if i was good at matchmaking MMA fights, ide prolly be doing it , and not working my ass off doing construction work. when it happens though, im already calling ktfo win for Aldo, it takes to much out of kenny to make that wieght bro, one time i can see him doing it with no probolem, but to do it over and over and over whn your a natural 175+ pounds???? that has got to take a cumulative effect on the body. i bet kenny is already pushing 170 lbs as we speak three days after that fight
stopdrinkingpee- June 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm
The featherweight division is all kinds of screwed up at the top. Someone has to fight Aldo. Better KenFlo than Chad Mendes. If those are my only two choices -- and they are -- I go for Florian in a heartbeat.
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Smackdaddiest1- June 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Who wants to see decisions at 145?

Godspeed KenFlo, Godspeed.
Nut Puncher 9000- June 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Dropping down a weight class is very different than moving up. Why do you think that you rarely see fighters go up a weight class but see it fairly regularly that they go down? Florian was a perennial number 1 contender in the LW division. His only losses are to BJ Penn (widely accepted as the best LW of all times and shit), Maynard (the only man to beat and draw the current LW champ), and Sherk (the possibly roided up former LW champ).
Florian will add legitimacy to a new division that is severely lacking recognition from all but the hardcore fans. I mean lets take a step back and look at the fact that Hominick just fought Aldo after gaining traction by beating Bryan Caraway (2-2 in his last 4), Yves Jabouin (1-3 in his last 4), Leonard Garcia (2-2 in his last 4), and George Roop (2-1-1 in his last 4). Does that list of wins scream DESERVES a title shot to you? Lets not even start to debate who would have won that fight (Aldo/Hominick) had the fight gone on until finish.
BigBaldJosh- June 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm
this is totally off topic but no one is talking about it- HOW SHITTY DID CARWIN LOOK? dude looked scared from the bell- did anyone else think something was up with him the whole fight?
intercept440- June 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm
@karma my bad bro it was unanimous, but i still dont think he deserves a shot at aldo, just becuase he is kenny florian. and has fought for the lightwieght title twice.
Stak40- June 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm
When Florian fought for the vacant LW belt he had only one fight at LW against Stout I think. This is where i think CP was coming from. Situation pretty close except there is an actual champ.
iadyn- June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm
kenflo does deserve this fight, no doubt about it. If not for nothing else just the fact that aldo seriously needs some justified contenders.. although i feel sorry for kenny already
mburtoni- June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm
"the inevitability that Kenny Florian would be handed another undeserved title shot"

So his title shots against Sherk and BJ weren't earned? He beat a lot of very good fighters at 155, and his only losses were to Sherk, BJ, and Maynard. Why the fuck wouldn't he deserve a title shot?
Kurgarra u Galatur- June 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Future CP headline:
"Jose Killed Kenny!"
DangadaDang- June 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Wow, Kenny didn't look THAT great, but I can dig on this fight.
FightZen- June 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Wait... what other "undeserved" title shots has Kenny received. He was widely considered the best LW after BJ for some time, no?
knucklesamitch- June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm
@Intercept,

It's more like 8 grand, and that's if you win and double up your "to show" money.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Kenny beat that dude via Unanimous Decision.
intercept440- June 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm
i dont think kenny deserves a shot at aldo at all, cause he had a split decision win? GTFO. kenny won, but really move down from a diff wiehgt class where your not a contender at all? and then you get a title shot? may as well let me get in there and let me get my ass handed to me for 12 grand.... least i thrown in a free CP shout before i get killed
Fried Taco- June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm
You'd think Mike Russell could put together a decent Dana/Joe photoshop and get CP back in good with the UFC.
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