Whats Next For Ken-Flo?

Henny Espinal aka Steve's Step DadContributor IAugust 10, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:   Lightweight champion BJ Penn (R) battles Kenny Florian during their lightweight championship title bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Saturday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian fell just short of becoming the new UFC lightweight champ when he was submitted by BJ "The Prodigy" Penn by way of rear-naked choke in round 4.

This means Kenny is going to find himself working up the lightweight ladder once again, like he was a few years ago after his loss to Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk. Florian will likely be given a less than stellar opponent in his next match (possibly the winner of the Diaz-Guillard fight?).

While a loss to a beast like Penn isn't exactly the worst thing in the world, it does send "Ken-Flo" back down to middle-upper class of the LW division with the likes of Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, and Nate Diaz.

It's not too late for Florian to make a run at another title shot, but things are looking grim for his gold search.

As for the rest of the division, Diego Sanchez looks to be next in line for BJ's belt and after that it could be Gray "The Bully" Maynard (if he gets past Roger Huerta) and then Frankie Edgar.

After that there is still a lot of talent in the LW division, but none that seems to be much of a problem to "The Prodigy."

Florian will have to win a couple of fights before he's considered a credible contender again. After a possible matchup with the winner of the Diaz-Guillard fight, Kenny could get a rematch with Sean Sherk (if he defeats Gleison Tibau).

If Kenny does find himself fighting for the title again one day, he'll have to work a lot harder and find a killer instinct he seems to be lacking. If one thing is for sure, we will see "Ken-Flo" in that octagon again doing what he does best.