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Kenny’s really dropping to 145

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.

  • iamphoenix

    so is kenny florian houston alexander.

  • Nachtfalter

    I don’t know if Kenny Florian can make 145 in a responsible, healthy manner but if he can, it certainly is a good idea because it’s simply an infinitely weaker division than 155 (which is, by far, MMA’s deepest division) and, aside from Jose Aldo, Kenny should be a solid favourite against any 145er out there.

  • Predator8u

    I’m 5′ 9″ and I walk around at 145 with decent a bulid. He could do it. You’ll lookin forward to ALDO vs. Florian 1,2&3

  • shillyer

    I imagine after talking to an nutritionist and looking at is body weight and body fat percentage he saw that he would be at something like 3% body fat at 155 to 154. Then just 9 lbs of water later he makes weight. It doesn’t seem that crazy to me. It is the kind of thing that body builders to all the time. except he gets to rehydrate before the fight. don’t hate this is probably what every fighter should do to be as strong as possible at the lightest weight. 

    Of course if he doesn’t do it the right way with a lot of discipline it will be a dissaster.

  • frickshun

    It’s not an issue of IF he can do it, but can he maintain enough muscle @ his pre-cut weight to be effective. I’m 5’9″ & about 158. I have an athletic build & could surely cut to 145. But if I was going to fight, I’d rather put on 6-8 lbs of muscle & be more filled out @ 155. In the last couple of years, I’ve seen too many fighters drop a class to be more competitive but they just end up too damn skinny.

    Kenny is already skinny looking @ this weight. There are so many great fights for him. I wish he would stay fucking put.