Dana White: 'I love Kenny Florian'

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

35-year-old Kenny "KenFlo"Florian  will likely never find himself in the UFC Hall of Fame, but according to UFC president Dana White, Florian is among a handful of legendary competitors who will always have a home in the world's biggest mixed-martial-arts promotion.

"I've got nothing but respect for him, and Kenny Florian will be with us no matter what," White said following Saturday night's UFC 136 post-event press conference.

"Kenny Florian's awesome. He commentated our last show. I think he's great on camera. I think he's great on the mic. He's a talented guy with a lot of options, and he's always been a solid guy with us and always been a team player.

"I love Kenny Florian. … There's a lot of things that could happen with Kenny Florian."

"The thing about Kenny is he's smart. He's talented. He's got other options. He's got things going on outside of fighting, too. It's just one of those things he needs to sit down and really figure out on his own."

For his part, Florian expressed pure dissapointment. "Not right now," Florian answered when asked if he had planned his next move. "I haven't really thought past this fight, so we'll see what happens."

"Obviously, I'm disappointed.  fought very hard. I trained extremely hard. I wasn't successful. That's it."

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tags: UFC   Dana White   Kenny Florian (detail)  Jose Aldo (detail)  


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GAME-DOG site profile image  

10/9/11 3:12 PM by GAME-DOG

Is there any other weight class for him to drop to? Seriously..he should of never dropped. he would of been champ by now. he looked unhealthy...

mrgoodarmbar site profile image  

10/9/11 3:01 PM by mrgoodarmbar

Hasn't been a massive weight cutting...He fought above his weight class and gradually came down to his natural weight class (which I think is 155). You could see that Aldo was actually bigger than him and had a tougher time making weight.

Madrugadao site profile image  

10/9/11 1:41 PM by Madrugadao

We've noticed.

NorthFromHere site profile image  

10/9/11 1:38 PM by NorthFromHere


Authority Figure site profile image  

10/9/11 1:35 PM by Authority Figure

This was Dana's way of saying "you're never going to be a champion, but since you're smart I can help you make money other ways - give up fighting." Promoters don't make these kind of comments about contenders in their 20s. This how you talk about 40 yr old men that have had a good run.

Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

10/9/11 12:46 PM by Hong Kong Phooey

 He can work alongside Chuck in media relations and on the mic. Dana is right. Now please go eat 2 pizzas.

Wrinkle site profile image  

10/9/11 12:38 PM by Wrinkle

I like Kenny, but fuck do I hate hearing Keith.

cohiba79 site profile image  

10/9/11 12:37 PM by cohiba79

I think Kenny is in the same place Chris Lytle was after lossing to Serra. What he has done so far in his career is good but not good enough to be champ. And he has lost every opportunity he has been given to be the champ. If he wants to stay relevant as a fighter and keep the fans interest he needs to be a little more willing to throw caution to the wind and let his hands go. He is a great striker and defensive grappler but his offensive grappling is not good enough and is losing him decision after decision. Just my two cents. Whenever you trade you run the risk of getting your lights turned out but at this point what does he have to lose. It would have been awesome to see him be more willing to trade with Aldo.

hubris site profile image  

10/9/11 12:06 PM by hubris

he need to drop down to 125

ollieclyde site profile image  

10/9/11 12:03 PM by ollieclyde

i wonder what kennys kidneys look like after the massive weight cutting over the years