Florian: I'll wait for Penn
Speaking with MMAWeekly Radio on Monday night, Florian says that he's already talked with the UFC about what happens next and leaves it in their hands to decide.
"If the UFC makes that decision then that's what I'm going to do," Florian said about waiting for his shot at the title. "I'm going to stay busy definitely in the gym. I don't really know what they have planned. If that's the way it's going to go down, I'll definitely be willing to wait a little bit. It's going to be tough, but we'll see."
Before any decisions are made whether he would take another fight before a title shot, Florian says that he has to wait until at least after Jan. 31 to figure things out.
"At the end of the day, I think that's what's going to need to happen. I spoke a little to Dana White about it, so I think that's what's probably going to happen," he commented. "Wait and see what happens with the B.J.-GSP fight."
Following his impressive win over Stevenson at UFC 91, the former
Famous for his post fight comments, Florian clarified what he said directly to Penn that night just after the win that gave him No. 1 contender's status.
"As a kid I always loved watching martial arts movies and I always wanted to be that ronin going around, traveling and training with the different masters and showing that you are the true master. In order to do that you had to beat the other masters, you had to beat the best masters in the land, and B.J.'s one of those guys. That's the way I see it," Florian said.
"I like B.J. I definitely didn't want to do it in a disrespectful manner cause I have so much respect for the kid. He's such an awesome fighter, great kid. He's one of those guys to look up to."
Until Jan. 31 Florian will play the waiting game, but with so many unanswered questions surrounding Penn's future after that fight, he also has no problem settling a few other scores.
The first time Florian met Sherk he lost a unanimous decision and the lightweight title that was on the line that night. That loss sent Florian on the path he continues on today.
"I would love to fight Sean Sherk again. I think he's a phenomenal fighter, definitely think he's a top 10 fighter, no doubt about it, and I've got to thank him," said Florian. "He's the one that really got me to step up my game, really commit myself as a fighter and as an athlete.
"This one would be 10 times better and I believe with a different result."