The current No. 1 title shot contender Kenny Florian is currently training for perhaps the biggest fight in his mixed martial arts career. He’ll be taking on BJ Penn for the UFC lightweight belt, which is scheduled to headline the UFC 101 fight card on August 8th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Immediately after UFC lightweight fighter Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez defeated Clay Guida at the TUF 9 finale, Sanchez made some comments indicating a possible rematch bout against Kenny Florian. Sanchez believes that he truly deserves a title shot over Florian, especially since Sanchez beat Florian in the octagon once before. However, Florian feels like a totally different fighter who is looking forward to a possible rematch with ‘Nightmare’ sometime down the road.
Snip from Kenny Florian himself via bostonherald.com:
“That’s a [rematch] I’ve wanted for a long time now. (Sanchez) should definitely be careful what he wishes for. If he thinks the same thing is going to happen, or I’m the same fighter at the same experience level, he’s going to be in for a surprise. I think he’s going to be saying, ’Yes, yes, yes’ on the way into the ring and, ’No, no, no’ on the way out of the ring if he faces me. It’s a completely different time and I’m a completely different fighter. I definitely don’t think he’s evolved as much as I have, that’s for sure. He’s fought at 155 twice already and he has yet to finish any opponent. He’s seen what I’ve done in the weight class and the fighters that I’ve fought and I think he realizes that, although he won the show, I’ve done bigger things in my weight division than he did at 170.”