Top UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian, who defeated Roger Huerta in a featured bout at UFC 87 on Saturday to secure his spot atop the list of 155-pound contenders, will fight again in 2008, Florian told MMA Weekly:
“(Penn) made the decision that he wants to fight GSP and I tell you what as a fan I want to see that fight. I think itâ€™s going to be an unbelievable fight, I think itâ€™s great for the sport. Two guys at the top of their games, two champions in the UFC are going to fight which is huge. I donâ€™t want to wait around either, itâ€™s kind of frustrating at the same time. I do want to fight the top guys, B.J. obviously is a legend and when you want to make your mark, thatâ€™s what I want to do, I want to have my legacy in this sport as well, so give me a chance. At the same time, itâ€™s a risky move and some people have criticized me for it, but I still want to get another fight in. I want to fight again before the yearâ€™s end and I want to fight someone tough.”
Though the timing wouldn’t likely work for a late-2008 fight, possible opponents for Florian’s next bout include the winner of a scheduled late-October bout between former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin, as well as, according to Florian, international lightweight stars Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki.