Kenny Florian’s well-deserved and long-delayed title shot against current 155 lbs. champ B.J. Penn has finally been announced as official for UFC 101.
Philadelphia will play host to its first ever UFC event in 101, which packs serious main card drawing power with Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva as the co-main event.
UFC President Dana White praised both lightweights in the following at UFC.com:
“BJ Penn is called the Prodigy for a reason. He has proven to be dangerous in multiple weight classes but he is definitely at his best at 155. Now the lightweight champ defends his title against top contender Kenny Florian, who has improved by leaps and bounds since his UFC debut on the Ultimate Fighter.”
“Originally known for his outstanding jiu-jitsu skills, Florian is now as well known for his devastating Muay Thai. Both of these guys excel standing and on the ground so I am expecting non-stop action in this world title fight.”
Penn won the vacant lightweight title after defeating Joe Stevenson in January of 2008 and successfully defended it by TKO’ing consistent contender Sean Sherk four months later. Most recently, he was destroyed by welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre in a 170 lbs. clash that sent the Hawaiian’s overall stock south. Florian will look to take full advantage of this massive opportunity by ousting the man he has referred to as a “master”. Once again, Penn’s condition could make or break his performance.