Despite a convincing unanimous decision win over Mark Hominick at UFC 129 back in April, featherweight champion Jose Aldo may still have something to prove when he throws hands opposite Kenny Florian at UFC 136 this Saturday night (Oct. 8) in Houston, Texas.
Aldo battled through a tough weight cut, a pre-fight illness and a very game Canadian in Hominick to defend his 145-pound title in his Octagon debut earlier this year. It wasn't quite the coming out party everyone expected, but that could all change in "Space City."
That's because Florian is one of the more recognizable stars of the UFC, having competed on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and battled through the upper echelon of the lightweight division in recent years.
Now, the one time middleweight is down three weight classes to make his last stand. But according to "Junior" (via ESPN), the ability to reach the 145-pound weight limit comes with a price.
And he plans to use that to his advantage.
"I definitely don't think Florian has the same strength as a featherweight. I'm definitely going to look to exploit that. I'm quicker than him, I also think I'm a much more explosive fighter. Quickness and explosiveness are two of my main weapons. I plan to use both of them to my advantage against Florian. Naturally I like to attack, I like to move forward and that's not going to be any different against him. I'm going to push the pace, and whatever opportunities present themselves, I'll take them and finish the fight. I will beat Kenny Florian."
The part-time analyst made his featherweight debut againstat on June 11 in Vancouver, unloading "The Gun" and securing a close unanimous decision win.
Florian's lightweight run inside the Octagon is widely regarded as a successful one; however, he failed in his two attempts at capturing the crown and was unable to procure a third shot in his last fight as a 155'er against Gray "The Bully" Maynard.
But if at first you don't succeed, drop a weight class and try again.
But will the drop in weight also rob him of his power or the necessary speed and explosiveness to deal with a fighter as dynamic as Aldo?
What say you?