by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White stated
at the UFC 91 pre-fight press conference that the winner of the lightweight
match-up between Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian and Joe "Daddy"
Stevenson would get the next shot at the title.
"The winner of this fight definitely gets the
shot," said White.
Florian was widely considered the No.1 contender to B.J.
Penn’s UFC lightweight crown after handily defeating Roger Huerta at UFC 87 on
Aug. 9. Florian and Stevenson have
each had the opportunity to compete for the belt and both came up short.
Florian lost to former UFC lightweight titleholder Sean
Sherk at UFC 64 on Oct. 14, 2006 by unanimous decision after five rounds. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> The Bostonian has strung together a
five-fight win streak since being defeated by Sherk in a bout that saw Sherk
cut and bloodied by the end of the 25 minutes.
Stevenson was submitted by current champion B.J. Penn at UFC
80 on Jan. 19, but rebounded by defeating Gleison Tibau by guillotine choke at
UFC 86 six months later on July 19.
"It’s a great fight overshadowed by the heavyweight
fight," said the UFC president.
"It’s going to be a sick fight. It should be. On paper it is."