Kenny Florian Talks About Super Talent At The Lightweight Division
Current featherweight champion Max Holloway suffered a decision loss to Dustin Poirier in their interim lightweight title fight at UFC 236 last month but he fought like a warrior poet.
That setback snapped Holloway’s 13 fight winning streak.
A former title contender Kenny Florian weighs in on the main event of UFC 236 saying Holloway’s beating against Poirier further proved that UFC’s lightweight division is toughest in the whole sport and is stacked. (h/t BloodyElbow)
“You look at how damn good Max Holloway is, and how tough this warrior is, I think it’s further proof — and again call me biased because I spent the majority of my career at 155 lbs — but the lightweight division is the toughest division in the whole sport,” he said on a recent Anik and Florian podcast.
“There’s no question about it. You look at all the guys in that weight class, and you compare it to every other weight class, and how stacked it is. You look at all the 55’ers that have done tremendous at 170 lbs.
“As good as Max Holloway is, and he’s certainly one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, he did not beat Dustin Poirier. He just didn’t have enough to do it. And Dustin Poirier is one of five guys that could win that belt.”
Dustin Poirier set himself a title unification bout against division’s champion Khabib Nurmagomedov later this fall. Besides these two, UFC’s lightweight division has several other talented contenders including Conor Mcgregor, Tony Ferguson, and few others.
We agree here with Florian as how stacked lightweight division is. But UFC’s welterweight division is also on fire and is one of the toughest.