"I have never said I was a fighter. I am a martial artist and that is an important distinction for me. There is a lot of beauty and art in what we do ... It is important to respect the art. That’s the reason I am here, because of the art and those who taught me. I will have the advantage physically (at UFC 101) but BJ (Penn) has great natural talent and balance. Winning the title would be an honor. But the real challenge for me is BJ and beating a guy with the skills he possesses."
Number one lightweight contender Kenny Florian shares his thoughts on earning the second title shot of his career against a man who he clearly respects, reining 155-pound champion BJ Penn. Florian dropped a blood-soaked unanimous decision to Sean Sherk for the then vacant division title at UFC 64: "Unstoppable" back in October 2006. He has not tasted defeat since, winning six straight against many of the best the class had to offer. Now he gets a second bite at the championship apple, which is set for UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia. Who ya' got?