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UFC 136 Fight Card Breakdown: Jose Aldo Vs. Kenny Florian

An exhaustive breakdown of UFC 136's featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.

Photo by Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.
Photo by Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his belt from veteran UFC title-chaser Kenny Florian tonight at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III. Florian has fought for the 155lb belt twice, this will be his third attempt at UFC gold and his first as a featherweight.

Aldo is down a bit in the pundits' estimation, this is partly due to injuries and partly due to his last performance being less than spectacular. But Mark Hominick was a stylistic challenge for Aldo in a way that Florian is not. 

Florian is the bigger man but unfortunately for Kenny, Aldo is basically better than him at everything he excels at. Florian's got mean leg kicks, Aldo will destroy your thighs. Florian throws sharp elbows, Aldo's elbows rip off your face, etc.

Look for Aldo to show who's boss against the aging Florian who will make himself proud with his courage and grit, but he just doesn't have the tools to beat Aldo.

Aspect Aldo Points Florian Advantage
Range Fighting

Boxing Smooth Decent Aldo
Kickboxing Next Level Excellent Aldo
Wrestling Surprisingly Good 1 Very Good Tie
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Ouch 1 Effective Tie
Thai Clinch Brazil! 1 Excellent Aldo
Throws/Trips Good 1 Very Good Florian
Ground Fighting

Positional Control Very Good 1 Very Good Tie
Scrambling Quick 1 Lanky Aldo
Ground and Pound Mother! 1 Elbows Tie
Submissions Excellent 1 Very Good Aldo
Intangibles Injuries 1 Last Title Shot? Tie
Overall P4P Best 5/1 Bridesmaid Aldo