Kenny Florian May Not Wait for BJ Penn, May Fight Again In 2008

Kenny Florian’s opportunity for a title shot seems to be taking longer than expected.  Many of us came to an obvious conclusion that the winner between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta should be the next challenger for the UFC lightweight title.  However, the UFC seems to like the idea of a BJ Penn vs. George St. Pierre rematch bout a bit more. 

Florian defeated Huerta with complete dominance, improving his record to 10-3-0 (5 consecutive wins).  Nonethless, it seems like he’s going to have wait his turn because a Penn vs. GSP 2 is rumored to actually happen sometime toward the end of this year–most likely December.

Although Florian understands how the UFC business runs, he admits that "it’s kind of frustrating."  Florian’s quest for the UFC lightweight title has been placed on hold, but he doesn’t want to stop right there.  His goals tend to focus on fighting the best and trying to be the best.  Here are Florian’s thoughts concerning the lightweight title:

“(Penn) made the decision that he wants to fight GSP and I tell you what as a fan I want to see that fight…I think it’s going to be an unbelievable fight, I think it’s great for the sport. Two guys at the top of their games, two champions in the UFC are going to fight which is huge…I don’t want to wait around either, it’s kind of frustrating at the same time. I do want to fight the top guys, B.J. obviously is a legend and when you want to make your mark, that’s what I want to do, I want to have my legacy in this sport as well, so give me a chance…I want to fight again before the year’s end and I want to fight someone tough…Maybe I could fight the winner of (Tyson) Griffin-(Sean) Sherk…Maybe we can bring someone in like a (Joachim) Hansen or (Shinya) Aoki or someone, to have kind of a super fight…I don’t care, I want to fight top guys…There’s still some fights out there for me. It’s not like I’ve cleaned out the division completely. There’s plenty of challenges out there at 155 for me.”

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