Kenny Florian sure does has some strange ideas. There was the time he decided he was going to concentrate on his wrestling for his fight against Gray Maynard, as if a training camp or two would allow him to stay off his back against the snuggliest blanket since Sean Sherk. Then there was his BJ Penn gameplan, which was to wall and stall and pray for a decision. Now his latest: he’s actually going through with that insane plan to drop to featherweight.
Former top lightweight contender Kenny Florian will make his featherweight debut at UFC 131.
“It’s a new challenge,” Florian said of the drop in divisions. “I’ve never been afraid of a new challenge. I see it as an exciting opportunity to possibly face what in my opinion is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, which is Jose Aldo. He’s a tremendous fighter and I have a lot of respect for that guy. (But) I still have an opponent before I get there.”
I don’t know if I’d consider it a new challenge since Kenny has accepted the ‘challenge’ of dropping down weight classes four times, having come into the UFC on TUF as a middleweight and sliding from 185 to 170 to 155 to the now ridiculous 145 pound division. Seriously, it’s about as retarded as when he was at 185.
All this is is an attempt to get into a division where he feels like he has a chance of winning a belt. It may seem smart on it’s face because Kenny blew his second chance at winning the lightweight belt by fighting like a dope, but he’ll be just as likely to create stupid gameplans that work against his best skills at 145, and just as likely to choke as well.
The only difference is he’ll have to chop off a leg to get down there. And while he’s dealing with a Machinist-like weight cut the rest of the weightclass will chilling out, ready to run in the red for 15 hard and fast minutes. Oh well … I guess his brain doesn’t need all that liquid anyways.