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

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!”