UFC President Dana White revealed during a pre-UFC 84 media conference call earlier this week that the winner of the August bout between Huerta and Florian will likely receive a lightweight title shot against BJ Penn or Sean Sherk pending their main event lightweight championship fight next weekend at UFC 84.
Florian (10-3) is 7-2 inside the octagon, with his only losses coming to Diego Sanchez and Sean Sherk. After winning his way into the finals of The Ultimate Fighter, Florian was defeated by Sanchez on the finale of the reality series. After stringing together three straight UFC wins, Florian was matched up against Sean Sherk for the vacant UFC lightweight championship. Sherk defeated Florian via unanimous decision in the October 2006 bout but Florian has since worked himself back into title contention. Known for his ability to finish his opponents, he has since won four straight bouts over Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Alvin Robinson, Din Thomas, and Joe Lauzon to again establish himself as a 155-pound contender.
Huerta (20-1) has yet to lose in the UFC, defeating all six opponents he has faced inside the octagon. His lone career loss came in mid-2004 when he was defeated by current IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz as the result of a dislocated jaw. After compiling a 14-1 recond in a mixture of promotions, Huerta came to the UFC and secured wins over Jason Dent, John Halverson, Leonard Garcia, Doug Evans, and Alberto Crane. Despite an impressive resume, Huerta’s status as a lightweight contender was questioned due to the lack of quality competition resulting in a matchup against Clay Guida. Huerta appeared to be in trouble early in the late-2007 bout but came back strong in the third round to secure a rear naked choke submission victory.
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