White: Florian/Stevenson Winner Earns Title Shot

Written by Tom Ngo
November 14th, 2008

UFC president Dana White confirmed what many had already anticipated. The winner of the lightweight showdown between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson at UFC 91 will earn himself a title shot against champion BJ Penn. Florian, who is the division’s top contender going into the fight, theoretically already earned a title shot, however Penn threw a wrench into his plans by deciding to take on welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for the 170-pound title at UFC 94.

“This fight is going to be amazing, and the winner of this fight will face B.J. Penn for the lightweight title after B.J. fights Georges St. Pierre,” White said at the UFC 91 pre-fight press conference.

Florian defeated Roger Huerta at UFC 87 in August to place himself next in line for Penn’s belt. However, when Penn couldn’t turn down the opportunity to avenge his loss to GSP, Florian had to choose between sitting idly for eight months, or take a fight in the meantime. Florian, being a true competitor, chose the latter of the two.

Stevenson has already lost to Penn in a title match at UFC 80, however posting a win over an opponent the caliber of Florian would certainly justify him getting a rematch.

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