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Why the Hell Not? Aldo-Florian Added to UFC 136 Card

“Me? Fight at 145? Sure thing, chief. I’ll get right on that.”

In keeping with the mantra “everything’s bigger in Texas”, Zuffa announced last night that the increasingly awesome card for UFC 136 has just gotten awesomer. In addition to the Lightweight Championship do-over between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, Jose Aldo will be putting his gold on the line against Featherweight newcomer Kenny Florian on October 8th.

After a shaky first bid at 145lbs that saw Florian score a decision victory over Diego Nunes, some wise souls had recommended one more warm-up bout for KenFlo before he challenge for the belt, but the fates had other plans. A title defense against Chad Mendes was scrapped so Aldo could nurse lingering injuries, and rather than ‘Rashad’ himself on the shelf Mendes opted to take another bout in the meantime. Now recovered, Aldo will look to redeem himself from the sluggish, illness-inspired decision beatdown he put on Homminick with a return to violent form.

Another exciting addition to the card is after the jump.

In a fight destined for a bonus of some variety, polar opposites Joe Lauzon and Melvin Guillard will lock up in a lightweight tussle. The submission savvy Lauzon will be looking to pick up his second straight victory after a disappointing 2-2 run in his last four fights. The hard-hitting, explosive/athletic Guillard has put together five consecutive wins since begging Nate Diaz to guillotine him at UFC Fight Night 19. Seven of Guillard’s eight losses have come via submission.


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philoebeddoe- July 18, 2011 at 5:49 am
Cant wait for this card....Going to this and the EXPO

So excited....

Still wish CAIN V JDS was going down here in H-town though..
XENOPHON- July 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm
I was surprised to see how easy BJ handled K-Flo in their last outing.

Now with a drop in weight, and loss in power Florian (15-5) is going to have to stick to his strategy (whatever that might be) against Aldo (19-1). Each fighter has seen the 4th and 5th rounds only twice. The differnce is that where Aldo wins, Florian fails.

Aldo's sole loss (6 years ago)has been by submission. It may be the one weekness that play's into Florian's dwindling quiver of arrows. Butress this with Aldo's win ratio of 19:1, and Florian's win ratio of 3:1,it means that Zoolander should have went up in weight and fought GSP.

At least then he could of had a chance at swooping up a bigger payday. It's no secret that Dwight and the Fajitas Bros (plus that Camel Jockey shareholder) don't pay shit.
mDino- July 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm
mike goldberg has been calling rashad and koscheck explosive for yeaaars now. melvin too lol, and cheick kongo, and gsp. the list goes on.
BoCo- July 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm
So whats next for KenFlo after he gets his ass handed to him.Get a Sex change, Cyborg vs KenFlo
Phizix- July 16, 2011 at 11:16 am
KenFlo is in for a beating..
Clyde- July 16, 2011 at 10:58 am
Well, as long as we are using the term "explosive" to imply that a fighter is can cover distance in a short time and deliver a lot of force, then I think we can agree that it's fair to call Guillard explosive.

Rampage is not as fast as some other light heavyweights, so he gets called "powerful" pretty often, rather than get commended for his commitment to training. Rashad is fast and powerful so it's fair to call him explosive, but he is a very intelligent fighter and Mike and Joe do comment on that too.

People go on about Frankie Edgar being fast and small for his weight class, do you know why? It's because he is. So is it okay for us to say that because there's no stereotype about New Jersyites being fast and preferring not to cut excessive ammounts of weight?

To get back to the main article; So the UFC is back to giving fighters on a 1 fight win streak via fairly uninspiring decision title shots? That worked out well last time I remember...
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 16, 2011 at 10:09 am
Thank you AF. I was thoroughly confused.
ArmFarmer- July 16, 2011 at 9:59 am
That's in reference to the "explosive/athletic" hyperlink article in case anyones confused.
ArmFarmer- July 16, 2011 at 9:57 am
Agree with danomite. Why do some people have to make everything a racial issue. Watch Jon Jones and Melvin Guillard fight and then watch Forrest Griffin fight and try and make that argument with a straight face. Forrest looks sluggish and clumsy compared to either. As for gsp, they comment all the time about his explosiveness and natural ability. That article was completely retarded.
Giblets- July 16, 2011 at 9:49 am
Feelin pretty bad for florian right now
danomite- July 16, 2011 at 9:42 am
As far as that explosive/hard working article goes, I think it's an overused stereotype as well, but the guy didn't really help his cause when he used Koscheck *cough* black guy *cough* as an example of someone who is labeled with the hard working white-guy stereotype and Jon Jones as his prime example of the explosive black guy. Guess what assholes, Jon Jones is an explosive, athletic freak. He's a 6'4" LHW with the longest reach in the history of the UFC. He has two brothers who have also made it to the highest levels of their sport. He's only been practicing MMA for 3 years, and half of that time was spent teaching himself with Youtube videos and he's already the best LHW in the world! If the natural athlete stereotype could legitimately be applied to anyone, that person would be Jon Jones. That guy's success is 99% genetics and 1% hard work.
Drinks2Much- July 16, 2011 at 8:51 am
does anyone wanna buy a purse from me, . . or maybe some sunglasses