UFC president Dana White added some juice to Saturday’s UFC 91 undercard when he announced during a pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas on Thursday that the winner of a lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson will earn a future shot at the UFC lightweight title.
Our friends at MMAjunkie.com broke the news late yesterday.
UFC 91 will air live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena starting at 10 p.m. ET and will feature Randy Couture defending his UFC heavyweight title vs. 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
For Florian, he will essentially be defending a title shot he already earned following his a unanimous decision victory over Roger Huerta this past August at UFC 89. The win improved Florian’s streak to five consecutive victories since having suffered his last loss to Sean Sherk for the then-vacant lightweight title at UFC 64.
Stevenson is now in a position where he can expedite a second opportunity to vie for the lightweight title after having lost to B.J. Penn for the vacant belt as recently as UFC 80 this past January.