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UFC 131: No practice cut for Kenny Florian -- will it come back to haunt him at the weigh ins?

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Make the weight, unload "The Gun" and earn a title shot.

That's the sequence of events that Kenny Florian is hoping will put him next in line for a shot at the 145-pound belt when the part-time analyst makes his featherweight debut against Diego Nunes at UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on Saturday night (June 11) in Vancouver.

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.

If at first you don't succeed, drop a weight class and try again.

But "KenFlo" has opted against the strain of a practice cut which means that Friday's weigh-in will not only be his first attempt at making the 146-pound cutoff (one pound allowance in non-title fights), but he has yet to determine how his body will react to the physical demands of what will be his fourth weight class as a UFC fighter.

Florian tells ESPN.com he "feels fine."

"It's been a tough test of discipline ... I had to get away from weights the last few weeks. I still feel fine and I think I'll have a pretty good size advantage. I don't think I had to lose much muscle, but there was definitely some management with that."

The 35-year old Bostonian knows it's time to stop chasing belts and start wearing them. Nunes might be short on name value but he's long on talent, going 16-1 since his professional debut in 2004.

Fresh on the heels of a split decision win over Mike Brown at UFC 125, Nunes is "Gunning" for a shot at fellow Brazilian division champion Jose Aldo and could take "Ken Flo's" spot in line with a big win in British Columbia.

Will Florian reinvent himself on Saturday night? Or is this the beginning of the end to his storied mixed martial arts career?

Anyone think the scale will betray him at tomorrow's weigh-ins?