by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Heading into UFC 87 it seemed like a perfect scenario that the winner of Kenny Florian versus Roger Huerta would be on the fast track to challenge current lightweight champion, B.J. Penn, for his title later this year.
Now it appears Penn is on a collision course with UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, and Florian, who won a dominant decision over Huerta on Saturday night, may have to let nature take its course before he gets his shot at the title.
“(Penn) made the decision that he wants to fight GSP and I tell you what as a fan I want to see that fight,” said Florian during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night. “I think it’s going to be an unbelievable fight, I think it’s great for the sport. Two guys at the top of their games, two champions in the UFC are going to fight which is huge. ”
“I don’t want to wait around either, it’s kind of frustrating at the same time. I do want to fight the top guys, B.J. obviously is a legend and when you want to make your mark, that’s what I want to do, I want to have my legacy in this sport as well, so give me a chance.”
Building off the momentum of the win over Huerta, the former “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 member is planning on taking at least 1 more fight before 2008 is over, whether it’s B.J. Penn or not.
“At the same time, it’s a risky move and some people have criticized me for it, but I still want to get another fight in,” Florian commented. “I want to fight again before the year’s end and I want to fight someone tough.”
Someone tough could include any number of top lightweights including fighters such as Joe Stevenson, Frankie Edgar, or possibly a super fight that would give Florian an international opponent.
“Maybe I could fight the winner of (Tyson) Griffin-(Sean) Sherk, I don’t know how the timing works out for that,” said Florian. “Maybe we can bring someone in like a (Joachim) Hansen or (Shinya) Aoki or someone, to have kind of a super fight.”
Florian, who along with brother Keith will open “Florian Martial Arts Center (www.florianmartialartscenter.com) later this month, and then it’s back to business.
“I don’t care, I want to fight top guys, I want to stay busy and all I’ve got to do is keep winning,” stated Florian. “There’s still some fights out there for me. It’s not like I’ve cleaned out the division completely. There’s plenty of challenges out there at 155 for me.”