In my last fanpost, I was pretty damn adamant that Kenny Florian was not a legit title contender, based upon the quality of competition he's faced and the qualities of his wins. However, with his dominant performance over Joe Stevenson this past Saturday at UFC 91, there's no doubt that I was dead wrong about Kenny.
Kenny's ground game looked absolutely superb and he buzz-sawed through Joe way more easily than I could have possibly imagined. I didn't think Kenny had the physical strength to really take it to Joe, but his aggressiveness and slickness more than overcame any lack of brawn.
I also thought Kenny's decision to call out BJ after the fight was pure genius. BJ doesn't seem interested in the lightweight division any more, but if Kenny begins to create enough heat among the fans, BJ might feel compelled to him on Kenny after the GSP fight.
Kenny would have a considerable advantage over BJ in cardio and some technical aspects of the striking game, but BJ's takedown defense, iron chin, punching power, and impenetrable guard makes him an awful match-up for Kenny. To beat BJ, you must overpower him and wear him out, and if GSP couldn't hurt a fat, out of shape BJ, I don't think Kenny can hurt the physically-fit, 155 pound version.
But if BJ permanently left the lightweight division to compete at 170, a rematch between Kenny and Sean Sherk for the vacant title could be an amazing fight, with a great storyline to boot
A new and improved Kenny Florian comes back to fight for the title against the only guy to beat him at 155? I'd buy it!