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Kenny Florian Dropping to Featherweight, Expects Summer UFC Return

Kenny FlorianUFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian is dropping to 145-pounds to join the UFC’s featherweight division, but plans to eventually return to 155-pounds with hopes of earning titles in both divisions.

“I’ll indeed be fighting at 145lbs. It is a great new challenge. Goal is to get belt at [featherweight] & I’ll be back at 155,” Florian wrote on Twitter. “I’ll always have haters no matter what decision I make but for me it’s always been about new & difficult challenges & doing what I love.”

Florian has proven to be a force in the UFC lightweight division since he dropped to 155-pounds for the Ultimate Fighter 3 finale, but came up short in two bids for the UFC lightweight title and struggled to truly breakthrough into the elite class of MMA fighters, including an August loss to Gray Maynard for another shot at the belt.

Florian does not yet have an opponent for his featherweight debut, but is expected to return in June or July after recovering from a knee injury that forced him off January’s UFC Fight for the Troops 2.

“He’s not going to get a title shot at 145 directly,” Florian’s manager Malki Kawa told ESPN. “We’re asking for a top guy, and then maybe after one or two more fights, he can get a title shot. He should be ready to make his 145-pound debut in June or July. He has been cleared to start training this week.”

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