Two-time number one lightweight contender Kenny Florian today confirmed a previous Boston Herald report that he will indeed collide with Gray Maynard (9-0) at UFC 118, which is tentatively scheduled for the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 28.
"Ken-Flo" shared the good news on ESPNs "MMA Live" earlier this afternoon, saying he signed the dotted line to take on "The Bully," who is perhaps the last remaining threat at 155-pounds.
Naturally, this makes the rematch between former UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and newly-minted division kingpin Frankie Edgar all the more likely in the near future ... perhaps in the night's main event.
Florian has been to the mountain top twice before. First against Sean Sherk in a five round unanimous decision loss at UFC 64 in 2006 and then most recently at UFC 101 in 2009 when he was choked out by ex-champ BJ Penn in Philadelphia.
He's remained unbeaten in eight other contests following his loss to "The Muscle Shark."
Like Florian, Maynard has been a handful for the lightweight division since graduating the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). "The Bully" is perfect through nine fights and even has a unanimous decision win over current champion Frankie Edgar.
It's likely that the winner of this contest will be next in line for a shot at the crown -- but will it be against "The Prodigy" or "The Answer?" Time will tell.
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