Is it Time to Hang Up the Gloves? Kenny Florian Issues Statement on His Career

October 10, 2011
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Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian at UFC 136Kenny Florian failed in his third attempt at a UFC title, losing a unanimous decision to Jose Aldo at UFC 136 on Saturday night in Houston.

The loss to Aldo follows his two attempts to garner lightweight gold, dropping a decision to Sean Sherk in 2006 and getting choked out by B.J. Penn in 2009.

Florian has only fought at the top of the heap since emerging as a 185-pounder on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter to now fighting the featherweight kingpin at 145 pounds.

So now the questions are coming fast and furious… what’s left for Kenny Florian?

He issued a statement via his management team at Authentic Sports Management on Monday, addressing his career, but not exactly providing a clear answer.

“First, I’d like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday. I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support.

I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.

Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I’ll speak with Dana, and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know.  One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”


  • Kenny is good at commentating during the fights and as part of the broadcasting crew at ESPN’s MMA Live.

  • I agree, but I still don’t think he should be done fighting. Yes, he’s failed in his three shots at getting a belt, but each shot was 2 or 3 years apart, and he’s still fighting at a high level. He went the distance with Aldo, and was competitive. I’d like to see him keep fighting.

  • wonggfan

    I can’t believe people get 3 shots in MMA.

    I want to see some new blood. Please get rid of Ken-Flo Florian and hire new guys.

  • youdosuck

    He needs to go down to 135, then when he loses that title shot. He can go down to 125 and so on. As for commentating, I don’t like him. But he is starting sound better than goldberg. Mike seems like he is just yelling at me, why is he yelling at me.

  • BigGuy

    What is the real purpose of keeping Florian around? It is a joke at this point, and Dana needs to rid us all of this guy. He’s had more chances than most guys will ever get, and not because he is that good. There are guys in the UFC that deserve title shots, but will probably never see them because Dana is giving the shots to guys like Florian that don’t always deserve them.