Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will be squaring off at UFC 87. It was expected that the winner of the match-up would receive the next title shot against B.J. Penn. Huerta verified the rumor.
We have been told that the winner of the fight will be the number one contender for the title,” Huerta said.
Should Huerta emerge victorious, he would receive the shot at Penn. Even though Penn would be the prohibitive favorite in the bout, Huerta believes he can take down the champion.
I’m going to do what Matt Hughes did and what Georges St. Pierre did. The guy is beatable. You have to wear him out. You have to go out there and out-will him”
When asked what he thought about Penn calling out St. Pierre instead of addressing the lightweight division, Huerta said the following:
He just hasn’t been challenged yet at lightweight. You can’t underestimate myself or Kenny. We will definitely be up for the challenge of fighting Penn.”
Seeing how Penn looked against Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson, and Sean Sherk, it’s very hard to see Huerta or Florian defeating Penn. Nevertheless, it appears the UFC is leaning in that direction before the potential superfight with GSP.