by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Just a few days ago Kenny Florian confirmed when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio that he would indeed be fighting in his hometown of Boston, and now the opponent is official as well as he faces Gray Maynard in a lightweight showdown on the August 28 card.
Florian made the announcement on MMA Live on Thursday, which he co-hosts, and said that bout agreements have been signed for the fight.
“I can say right now I did sign to fight Gray Maynard the other day,” said Florian.
This puts all speculation to bed about the lightweight title rematch as well, as Frankie Edgar will indeed face B.J. Penn with the 155lb belt on the line, rumored at this time to be on the same August card in Boston.
Florian has been rumored to face Maynard ever since his fight with Takanori Gomi ended, but when Frankie Edgar defeated B.J. Penn to win the lightweight belt, the division was turned upside down from what most expected.
Maynard defeated Edgar in his only professional loss, so it did raise questions about who would get the first crack at the title. Now it appears Maynard will try to guarantee himself a title shot by facing Florian in his hometown.
Meanwhile, Kenny Florian will look to continue his reign of terror on the upper class of the lightweight division when he faces the Las Vegas based fighter in Boston. Florian is 8-1 in his last nine fights with his only loss coming by way of former lightweight champion B.J. Penn last year.
The bout will likely sit just below the main event for the card, which as previously mentioned should feature Edgar vs. Penn for the lightweight title.