UFC lightweight contenders Joe Stevenson (29-8) and Kenny Florian (10-3) are reportedly set to do battle this November at a yet-to-be-named UFC event that could determine whether or not Florian gets another shot at the 155lb title.
MMAmania.com has been able to confirm with credible sources that the proposed fight has indeed been offered to each fighter and while they are expected to sign, have yet to do so.
Stevenson is coming off an impressive rebound victory over Gleison Tibau at UFC 86 after watching his title hopes fade away under the tightly wrapped choke of current lightweight champion BJ Penn in their title bout at UFC 80.
Penn of course is taking a second crack at welterweight deity Georges St. Pierre this December in an attempt to avenge his controversial loss to the Canadian back at UFC 58.
As for Florian, he seems to be able to do no wrong as of late, steamrolling the competition since his decision loss to then-champion Sean Sherk at UFC 64. "KenFlo" is the winner of five straight and eight of his last nine.
Florian will likely face Penn if he can successfully get past Stevenson (once "The Prodigy" comes back from his vacation at 170lbs). While exciting for fans, Joe "Daddy" will be a dangerous test for the Boston native and could possibly interfere with his plans to go for the gold.
Tyson Griffin has been penciled in to oppose former lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 90. A Florian loss coupled with a Griffin win and we could be looking at Penn vs Griffin in early 2009.
Let's not forget about Stevenson, either -- this is a huge opportunity to get right back in the thick of the title chase.
Stay tuned over the next few days for an official announcement from the UFC regarding the details of this fight, including its location. The November 15 event has recently been rumored to be taking place in Portland, Oregon.
We'll keep you posted.