Kenny Florian Not Ready to Give Up on UFC Dream

October 23, 2011
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Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 13

Kenny Florian defeats Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 13

It appears that Kenny Florian’s days in the UFC aren’t at an end just yet. The former Ultimate Fighter finalist isn’t ready to pencil “retired fighter” onto his resume just yet.

Florian told the Boston Herald on Sunday, “I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it. There’s still very much a fire burning there so I’m going to do it.”

The questions about his future rose immediately after Florian failed to wrest the title from Jose Aldo at UFC 136 recently in Houston. That was Florian’s first shot at the featherweight belt, but his third shot overall, having already come up short against Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn in the lightweight division, the class where he has spent the majority of his UFC career.

Florian is in a different place than the likes of Chuck Liddell, whom UFC president Dana White forcefully nudged into retirement.

“That’s up to Kenny,” White said about Florian’s future following UFC 136. “It’s one of those things he needs to sit down and really figure out on his own. He’s accomplished a lot in this sport; he really has.”

Florian, however, hasn’t accomplished everything his set his mind to, and he’s not ready to give up trying, but he is being realistic about his future.

“I didn’t get in this to be second-best, of course. But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion,” Florian told the Boston Herald. “I’m just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me.

“I think there’s exciting fights out there for me… I don’t necessarily have the title in my eyes, but I do have my own personal goals as far as the technical level that I want to get to.”

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  • You go Kenny, excellent, smart fighter. You know not everyone can be a champion, just keep your eye on the prize and chase it as long as you can.

  • sirreadsalot10

    Kenny is a prime example of a guy who is not a world class athlete but has world class determination and heart. I wish him all the best and will gladly watch his fights in the future.


    Ya big respect to Kenflo. i would love to see him rematch Sancez!

  • BigGuy

    Why retire??? The way I see it, if he can win a couple of fights in the next year, Dana will give him a few more title shots. Ridiculous!

    If he wants to fight on, that is fine. He is resigned to the idea of never being champ, and that’s good for him. By a lot of people’s estimations, as it stands he got three title shots too many.

  • bajafox

    Hope he enjoys being a gatekeeper for the rest of his career

  • bajafox

    I hope Kenny Florian will enjoy being nothing but a gatekeeper…