Kenny Florian Gunning for Top Contender in 145lb Debut, Then Aldo in Brazil

February 9, 2011

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Now that former UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian has made the decision to move down to 145lbs, he’s wasting no time looking for a fight.

The former “Ultimate Fighter” season 1 cast member is looking to return in June, and he wants the top competitor the featherweight division can offer.

Speaking to, Florian’s manager Malki Kawa of Authentic Sports Management says that part of the reason the fighter made the move down to 145lbs was because of a proposed fight with Jose Aldo from last year.

The UFC had offered Aldo the chance to move up to 155lbs to face Florian, but ultimately his managers and trainers opted to keep him at featherweight for a little while longer. Meanwhile, it’s a fight that’s stuck in the head of Florian’s manager this whole time.

“We went down to 45 because that fight with Aldo was one that stuck in my head, and I’m just like Dana White, I want to make the biggest and the best fights that I possibly can, and I’m thinking Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo one day, I think that’s a pretty big fight,” Kawa said.

While Florian knows he won’t get Aldo for his first fight in the UFC’s featherweight division, he would be happy to face him for his second fight after defeating a top contender.

“A top contender. Whoever the No. 1 contender is at that point is the guy I’d like to get,” Kawa stated. “What would be my ideal situation for me is for him to get a fight in June, whoever the No. 1 contender is, win that fight, and then hopefully set something up for Brazil with (Jose) Aldo if the UFC’s up for it.”

Florian has trained and traveled to Brazil several times throughout his career and even speaks fluent Portuguese, so fighting in the country, even against one of their own, is still a fight he would jump at.

Regardless of who he faces, Florian is just chomping at the bit to get back in there. He will start his road back soon by getting into full training now that his knee is healthy.

As far as a timeline for his return, Florian is still on pace to step back into the Octagon in June, possibly with a slot on the UFC 131 card in Vancouver that has been rumored.

“I think it’s going to be June, but it’s not set,” Kawa said about Florian’s next fight. “I think he’ll be ready to fight in June.”

Florian will soon head back into training and then get ready for his return to action, this time at 145lbs.