UFC 136 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Kenny Florian by Unanimous Decision
Going into his fight with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, former lightweight title challenger Kenny Florian anticipates this will be his last chance to capture UFC gold.
After two failed attempts in the lightweight division, Florian finds himself at 145 pounds and face-to-face with one of the leading pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. His lightweight title attempts came against Sean Sherk in 2006 and B.J. Penn in 2009.
This will be the most important fight of Florians career, but it also might turn out to be the standout performance of Aldo's career.
Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian Result
The first round opened up with Florian and Aldo testing their striking skills on the feet before Florian got Aldo up against the cage and forced him into a grueling clinch game.
There were several scrambles throughout the first round, and Florian wasn't as successful as he probably would have wished he was.
Still, Florian was able to win the round with his control over Aldo, much of which took place against the cage.
The second round began with both fighters circling and countering each others' leg kicks. Florian didn't attempt as many takedowns during the round, but he did start to utilize his striking more.
Aldo kept the distance well and circled to Florian's right while landing several head kicks and right hand throughout the round. It was a close and competitive round, but one that probably went to Aldo.
Round three showed more of the same with Aldo starting to get the better of the challenger with superior striking. He landed punch and kick combinations during the round and had his most successful round of the fight.
Florian attempted a takedown late, but Aldo reversed the position and ended up in mount. Florian worked out of it, but it was Aldo who had gotten the better of the exchanges on the ground.
In the fourth round, Florian pushed Aldo against the cage and utilized the clinch to work a successful offense. Aldo was able to break away occasionally, but his moments came far and few between over the five minute round.
It was a relatively tense round.
Florian began the fifth and final round by clinching with Aldo and pushing him up against the cage. A slip caused Florian to hit the canvas, and Aldo fell into guard and eventually got full mount on his opponent. Florian worked his way out of the position and got back to his feet with two minutes left in the fight.
The tentative exchanges between the two fighters ended the fight. With 10 seconds to go, Aldo attempted a flying knee but missed.
The fight ended with Florian's hands on his hips and with Aldo raising his arms.
Official Result: Jose Aldo defeats Kenny Florian by Unanimous Decision (49-46 x3)
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