Earlier this month, former lightweight top contender Kenny Florian tweeted he would be taking his talents to the featherweight division. During Friday’s edition of ESPN2’s MMA Live, Florian reveled he would make his 145-pound debut against Diego Nunes at UFC 131.
Florian requested an elite competitor for his first featherweight fight, and Octagon brass didn’t disappoint. Nunes is fresh off his win over former WEC champ Mike Brown at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. Although Nunes possesses solid skills on his feet, as well as on the canvas, his past six contests have all been of the decision variety.
Florian holds a respectable 13-5 record overall, but laid an egg in his last outing against Gray Maynard at UFC 118. Company president Dana White dubbed Florian a choke artist following the convincing loss.
In addition to entering the big leagues as a middleweight contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 1,” Florian has also competed in the UFC’s welterweight and lightweight divisions.
While UFC 131 has yet to be officially announced, the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has emerged as the early front runner to host the June 11th show.