With UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn putting the lightweight title on ice as he chases the Georges St. Pierre fight, it appears the UFC is moving forward with booking their top lightweight talent against each other.
The UFC officially announced today that former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk will take on Tyson Griffin at UFC 90. This will mark Sherk’s return to the Octagon following a one-sided loss to BJ Penn back in May at UFC 84. Conversely, Griffin is riding a four fight win streak in the UFC with recent wins over Gleison Tibau and Marcus Aurelio. Considering nearly all of their recent wins have by way of decision, I think it’s pretty safe to say this one is probably going the distance as well. Both of these guys are strong wrestlers so we’re likely either going to see a boring three round wrestling match or, hopefully, they decide their wrestling cancels each others out and they try to finish this one on the feet. I wouldn’t bet on the latter though.
This one isn’t official, but reports have been flying around in the past 24 hours that Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson will meet in the Octagon at UFC 91 on November 15.
MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the fight that Florian will likely return on Nov. 15 and face former “Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson in a pivotal 155-pound match-up.
Neither fighter was available for comment about the proposed fight, but MMAWeekly.com sources indicate that both have accepted the bout and contracts are pending.
Looks like Kenny is going to get his wish.