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Injury Knocks Kenny Florian Out of January Bout With Evan Dunham

UFC lightweight and Fight for the Troops 2 headliner Kenny Florian has been forced out of his scheduled January 22 bout with Evan Dunham after suffering a training injury.

Florian confirmed the news on his blog. Though he didn't detail the injury, a source close to the fighter told MMA Fighting that Florian suffered a torn knee ligament.

The UFC veteran noted on his blog, however, that his doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that the injury will not require surgery.

The 34-year-old fell short in his recent bid to become the division's top contender, dropping a unanimous decision to Gray Maynard at UFC 118.

Afterward, UFC president Dana White criticized Florian, saying he "is just one of those guys who chokes in big fights." Florian said he'd take the criticism as fuel to motivate him for his camp against the upstart Dunham, who is 11-1, with his only loss coming via a controversial split-decision to Sean Sherk at UFC 119.

The matchup of Florian and Dunham would have pitted two top lightweights wrestling for position in the division, but it appears unlikely to happen in the near future. Though the UFC has yet to announce Florian's withdrawal, it's likely that with seven weeks to go until the event, the promotion will find an alternate to step in.

Prior to his loss against Maynard, Florian (14-5) had won consecutive submission victories, defeating Takanori Gomi and Clay Guida.

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