Kenny Florian Drops to UFC Featherweight Division

Written by Tom Ngo
February 8th, 2011

After getting dubbed a “choker” by UFC president Dana White following his unanimous decision loss to Gray Maynard, former multi-time lightweight top contender Kenny Florian has decided to move down to the featherweight division.

“I’ll indeed be fighting at 145lbs. It is a great new challenge. Goal is to get belt at FW & I’ll be back at 155. TY all for the support,” Florian tweeted early Tuesday morning. “I’ll always have haters no matter what decision I make but for me it’s always been about new & difficult challenges & doing what I love.”

Florian holds a respectable 13-5 record overall, but laid an egg in his last outing against Maynard at UFC 118. It was a 155-pound top contender showdown in Florian’s hometown of Boston.

In addition to entering the big leagues as a middleweight contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Florian has also competed at welterweight, lightweight and now the featherweight divisions inside the Octagon.

Freshly minted UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo will defend his title against Mark Hominick at UFC 130 in April. No word on how Florian fits into the equation, but at 34 years of age, the clock is definitely starting to tick away.

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