Kenny Florian Opts Against Back Surgery

January 15, 2012
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Kenny Florian will opt against surgery for his injured back, and if it doesn’t heal on it’s own, then his time as a fighter may be finished.

The former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 competitor has had lingering back problems over the last couple of years, but it was after he got back into training following his loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo last October that aggravated the injury to an extreme point.

“First of all, I’ve had a back injury for a little bit and after the (Jose) Aldo fight I was getting back to training, I was doing some Olympic lifting, hurt my back, of course on the last rep, last set, and I knew it was bad,” Florian said during the Fuel TV UFC 142 post fight show.

The injury was severe enough that it’s actually scared Florian to the point of considering retirement from the sport he loves so dearly.

“It was a herniated disc in my back and it’s just been causing a lot of problems. Lower back, and it’s been everything from tingling and numbness in both my legs, so I’m hoping it’s going to heal up and I can get back to the fight game, but we’ll see what happens,” Florian stated.

Serious back injuries have occurred many times before in MMA and in the UFC in particular.

Florian’s housemate on the first season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’, Nate Quarry, famously had back surgery a few years ago to repair a serious injury that almost cut his career short.

Quarry was able to recover after the surgery and get back in the cage again. The same can be said for former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz who went under the knife to repair a similar injury to the one that befell Quarry, and much like his counterpart, he too was back fighting after recovering from surgery.

Florian however wants no part of surgery. He is hopeful that his body will just heal up on his own, but if it comes down to surgery to keep fighting, he’ll hang up his gloves.

“I’m not going to do surgery,” Florian stated.

The prognosis is still not determined yet however for Florian’s future. For now he’ll continue to work as part of the UFC’s broadcast team while his back heals, and with time hopefully he’ll be able to return to work as fighter inside the Octagon.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Hope everything works out for him. Kenny has represented this sport well and seems like a really good guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.quarry nathanquarry

    I have reached out to KenFlo. Thanks to Nuvasive, I got my life back. Since then I’ve been able to help Tito Ortiz get the same surgery and even the veteran voice of the octagon, Mike Goldberg. Two weeks after his surgery he was in Brazil commentating. I now work with Nuvasive as a spokesman. I’ve fought more times for the UFC after my surgery than before. You need back surgery? I’m the guy to call. And that goes for anyone out there.

  • http://MMAWeekly.com Damon Martin

    Thanks for posting that Nate. That was my first thought writing the story that I hoped you guys would at least chat before he made any ultimate decisions.

  • Mma fanatic

    I think Nate The Rock Quarry looked better after surgery !! So Goldie has the same device in his back as Nate does?? Go Nate, we love you here in Portland Ore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.quarry nathanquarry

    Thank you! Goldie actually got the next generation… an artificial disk! Called the XL-TDR. But the key to my surgery, and his, and Tito’s was the approach. Coming in from the side and not the front or back. I’ve reached out to Kenny. I’m the guy to talk to if you have back issues. No matter where you live, no matter what it is. Most often people just need to stretch more and build up their core strength. But if you need surgery, you need to be informed. I don’t want anyone to go through surgery alone and scared like I was. Power to the people!

  • emeliaven

    Nate!!!How can I communicate with you?I have a herniated disc and suddenly after a hard MMA workout,I suffer from pain 2 months now.I cannot even stay sitted to eat!I lay down in bed only.Some doctors say that I’m maybe finished…
    Nate,should I reach you from facebook or from this page,or somewhere else?I live in Europe.Please help me on this.
    Always war Nate!War!

    • emeliaven

      Nate!!!How can I communicate with you?I have a herniated disc and suddenly after a hard MMA workout,I suffer from pain 2 months now.I cannot even stay sitted to eat!I lay down in bed only.Some doctors say that I’m maybe finished…
      Nate,should I reach you from facebook or from this page,or somewhere else?I live in Europe.Please help me on this.
      Always war Nate!War!

      • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

        Click on his screen name, it’s linked to his Facebook page. I’m sure you could get in contact with him there.

  • ValientD

    Nate, I would also like to talk to you about the surgery you’ve had done. I have a herniated disk in my L4 and a bone spur on my C5. I’m only 29. I had my first MRI five years ago. I just started getting tingling/numbness in my feet last march after a wrestling match. I go down to the Ann Arbor Spine Center to see new doctors Feb. 10th to get new testing done. Scared out of my mind.