Back Injury May Force Kenny Florian to Retire

January 12, 2012
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Kenny Florian at UFC 91

Kenny Florian at UFC 91

Ultimate Fighter alum and UFC veteran Kenny Florian is facing the very real possibility that his career may be over.

Florian told the Boston Herald “a lumbar herniated disc in his lower back has put his future in jeopardy.”

Having failed in two title bids at lightweight, Florian earlier this year made the move down to featherweight. He made an immediate impact, winning his 145-pound debut, but then failed to wrest the title from current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Following the loss to Aldo, Florian intended to take a few months off and get his body back to lightweight form.

He told the Boston Herald, however, that a weightlifting injury in November caused numbness and tingling in his right leg, and it’s not improving.

Doctors advised the 35-year-old Florian that he should hang up the gloves.

“It’s possible, unfortunately,” Florian said of his career ending. “I’ve kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it’s possible. I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better.

“I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side.

“I’m just hoping that it can heal up and get better and then see if I can go back to doing what I was doing. So far, I still need to rest. If I go to do something physical, I’m just not able to do it. That pain is coming back.”

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  • Lesnardo


  • b-soc

    I’m just a little bit curious, what is cool?

  • opposition13

    He just needs to retire…….Nothing against him but enough is fights are too boring,…not as Machida boring but still boring…..

  • BlackDog2009

    Man, that is not good news. I’m a big fan of Florian. He is so disciplined and win or lose, he always brought the fight and that makes him a winner to me.

    Now this injury. It does sound career threatening. I hope that is not the case.

  • AmericanSpetsnaz

    Kenny is a great fighter and a great representative of the sport. I wish him the best of luck with his recovery. If he retires from fighting I hope he is still involved with the sport as he is a great commentator.

  • maddawgmar

    I thought that being whooped in three title fights would make him retire. He is a good fighter, good person, but time to move on. No need to embarass yourself by trying toget back to form. Doesn’t usually workout well. Ask Jens Pulver.

  • fitefan

    He’s been bouncing around trying to get a title and been coming up short. The UFC would have a hard time justifying another title shot without several wins in whatever division he wants to settle in.
    The injury sucks, but may be a blessing in disguise. I hope he gets a full recovery.
    Being a commentator is a great idea.
    It’s a lot better than getting beat up for a pay check at this point in his career.
    And he’s gonna have to make a transition eventually out of fighting and into something else. He’s already got his foot in the door, he might as well spend his energy trying to cement his present position.

  • TKD

    He can’t leave soon enough. I think he has had more than enough chances at being a champ, and he blew them all. Where else is his career going to take him? Is he going to stick around just to collect a paycheck? That’s fine, but he will never be more than that.

    And let’s not get started on his career as a commentator. This guy is Mr. cliché. Never an original thought comes out of his mind. He’s a company guy, and says what is expected every time.

  • notasSmartasIthink

    This guy works hard and fights hard, it just sucks that he is in this area where he is very good, but not great, i hope he can fight again especially if this is what he wants to do.