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Florian primed for fight with lightweight champion Penn

Kenny Florian's impressive performances inside the Octagon scream for a crack at a lightweight title. Too bad champion B.J. Penn isn't listening.

Originally Published: November 20, 2008
By Franklin McNeil | Special to ESPN.com

If ever there was a time for Kenny Florian to fight for, and possibly win, the UFC lightweight title, it's now.

Florian has improved every discipline he relies on in the cage: jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling and boxing. He moves more fluidly, his strikes are sharper and his elusive skills make it nearly impossible to hit him with a flush shot.

With these skills, Florian can compete with anyone -- including 155-pound champion BJ Penn. He offered a sample of his improved skills on ...

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