“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.