Can Kenny Florian be a contender at his new weight class of 145-pounds?

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He tells the Boston Herald it's hard to say but he's confident he can do well.

"It's hard to predict any of that because I've never been at 145. All things considered, I think I'll be able to do it right. I trust in the people that are around me. I think I'll be able to do it without any problems. You never know. Anytime you're going into unknown territory, you have to plan for a lot of variables. These are things I'm not familiar with, but I'm confident that I'll be fine on fight night and I'll be able to perform to the best of my ability. ... I think 155 is the deepest weight division in the world, 145 is going to be tough with different challenges with fast, speedy guys and very active fights. I feel blessed that I've had the opportunity to face a lot of great guys in different divisions. This is another great challenge."

One of the constants of being a professional fighter is the myriad of challenges each individual will face. As Kenny Florian embarks on his journey to the untested waters of the 145-pound division, he's being confronted with the xenophobia that goes with such an undertaking. It's clear he believes the support of those he surrounds himself with and his overall preparedness will be enough to see him through but if he could never get over the hump at 155-pounds, will he be able to do so a full 10 pounds lighter? The featherweight pool may be perceived as being shallower but the sharks patrolling the surf are no less deadly. Will "KenFlo" ever realize his dream of holding UFC gold? Or will that mountain prove too tough to climb, no matter the weight class?

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