Following a dominant performance over Roger Huerta at UFC 87, top lightweight contender Kenny Florian said that he didn’t want to wait too long for another fight as current champion B.J. Penn seems on a collision course with Georges St. Pierre for the 170-pound championship.
It looks like Florian will get his wish.
MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that Florian will likely return on Nov. 15 and face former “Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson in a pivotal 155-pound match-up.
For Stevenson’s part, he last fought in early July, submitting American Top Team lightweight Gleison Tibau by guillotine choke in the second round of their fight.
Neither fighter was available for comment about the proposed fight, but MMAWeekly.com sources indicate that both have accepted the bout and contracts are pending.
The match-up between two of the top lightweights in the UFC will be a part of an as of yet unannounced pay-per-view event in Portland, Ore.
Although no official word about the event has been forthcoming from the promotion, rumors have circulated for months that the UFC was eyeing Oregon as a destination for sometime in 2008.
The bout between Florian and Stevenson is likely to garner main event or at least co-main event status for the show.