Kenny Florian has No Regrets if June Comes and He Calls it Quits

January 22, 2012
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Kenny Florian has been a fighter that has consistently challenged for a UFC championship. He made it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter, and he challenged for the belt on three occasions, in two different weight classes.

“I’ve never done anything to be mid-level,” he told recently.

A weightlifting injury in November caused numbness and tingling in Florian’s right leg, and it’s not improving. Having consulted with doctors, who recommend that he hang up the gloves, Florian appears to be leaning towards that option.

He knows for sure that he doesn’t want to jump into a surgical procedure.

“There is no doctor out there that they operate on your spine, they’re going to say you’re going to be okay,” said Florian.  “I want to see if I can do it through training, through rehab, through other means first and then take it from there.”

The odds aren’t in his favor that such an approach will return him to form, at least not the form that would be necessary to remain in contention for another title run. Gunning for a title is the only way Florian would want to continue his career.

As he said, he doesn’t want to be a second tier player.

Yet, a definitive decision has yet to be made.

“It depends on how I heal up, and all that stuff. I’m giving it until about June to see how I feel, how I heal up,” said Florian.

“Looking back, I got to face some of the best fighters in the world. I had a good career, if it comes to that; I have no regrets.”

Interview by @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.

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  • emeliaven

    Why doesn’t he fix it with a surgical procedure?
    Isn’t there an operation that makes you well enough to go back to high level competition?

  • Surgery on HEART is very risky!

    • TKD

      Holy sh*t, that was funny!!! And true!

  • opposition13

    plz just retire…

  • pooby

    Bummer. I wanted to see a Bantamweight version of Kenny.

  • just leave already no1 cares

  • “I’m going to keep getting UFC’s free healthcare until about June…” lol jk

  • TKD

    Does anyone seriously care if he retires? Isn’t all of this just plain nonsense? This guy has nothing left. He has already had way too many title opportunities, and he blew them all. He needs to take his tight-suit wearing, title-shot-choking-ass over to midget wresting. He actually may have a title in his future there. Well, maybe!

  • Im with you guys who cares…. B level fighter gets scared in the big fight….I think Dana should just cut him it would be easier that way….

  • KBEsq

    Man, you guys are harsh. I guess I’m the only one who will stick up for Florian. I think people should cut him some slack. He’s really done nothing but headliner or co-headliner fights in the past few years, and he has dominated some pretty tough competition.

    Obviously the fact that he has come up short in big fights is not debatable, but I don’t think that warrants insulting the guy.

    Even if it’s the case that his heart just isn’t in it anymore, I think he has given the fans some great fights and has tried to finish all his fights. Remember – you probably all forget that Kenny had to earn his title shots. He got laid-and-prayed by Sean Sherk; he got legitimately beat by Penn, but he really did earn the shot for Penn if you look at the fights that got him there. He legitimately beat a great fighter in Nunes to get a shot at Aldo (and the FWD didn’t have much of a more logical option at the time), and Florian gave Aldo a good, honest fight.

    Show the guy some respect.

  • Scotty B

    i had a L5s1 hernated disc there is only a5% success in back surgery, if the mri shows that a fragment of the disc is hitting the sciatic nerve and the doctor can remove it to take away the numbness . thats what i did and what a difference it made. i would not recommend fusion. doctor capen from downey orthopedic save my quality of fun. rehab is the only other safe and smart way to go, so i wish kenny luck