Dana White: Jose Aldo Declined UFC Lightweight Fight with Kenny Florian

Written by Tom Ngo
October 27th, 2010

WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo

Despite claims of wanting to test the lightweight waters, WEC featherweight king Jose Aldo declined to make his UFC debut in a lightweight bout against Kenny Florian.

“That is true,” UFC president Dana White admitted to Comcast SportsNet’s Fight Fix (via MMAWeekly). “Here’s the thing, Jose Aldo’s been talking about moving up to 155 pounds. Well, we had a slot and said, ‘Alright, you want to move up to 155 pounds?’ and he said, ‘Ah yeah, never mind.”

Florian jumped the gun earlier this month by announcing on ESPN2’s MMA Live he had verbally agreed to meet Evan Dunham at UFC 126. His manager quickly pumped the breaks on that chatter by claiming nothing was confirmed, but they were working on something.

The “something” very well could have been a scrap against the planet’s baddest 145-pounder, however Aldo said, ‘No way, Jose.’ (Is that joke old yet?).

According to the trusty rumor mill, Canadian Mark Hominick and Josh Grispi have emerged as the frontrunners to be the Brazilian’s next victim. Although, Grispi submitted Hominick at WEC 32 in February 2008, and has a WEC 52 fight against Erik Koch to look forward to, his title path is slightly more complicated.

Does that sound about right, Dana?

“It depends on what this kid wants to do,” White said of his 24-year-old superstar. “If he wants to stay in the WEC and defend that title, that’s cool. They were talking at one point about moving to 55, so we talked to him and said, ‘How’d you like to move to UFC’s 155-pound division and take on Kenny?’ and they turned it down.”

Still no word on Florian’s future.

WEC 52 takes place November 11th inside the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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