Kenny Florian officially retires

source: The Underground

UFC President Dana White announced after the official weigh in event for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Live Finale: "Ellenberger vs. Kampmann" that three-time world title challenger Kenny Florian, who had announced he would make the decision by June, has retired from mixed martial arts competition.

"It's been very hard," said Florian of the decision. "You're identity becomes what you do, so it's been tough."

Florian, 36, is already well into the transition to a post fight career in broadcasting. KenFlo's television efforts include live UFC cable-TV broadcasts and the weekly "UFC Tonight" program on FUEL TV.

Florian, along with his brother and fellow BJJ black belt Keith, has run the successful Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Mass. for several years. He plans to open a gym in Los Angeles, where he has recently moved.

Florian went 12-5 in the UFC, including three title shots, with all five of the losses to eventual champions (Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, Jose Aldo) or No. 1 contenders (Gray Maynard, Sanchez). He holds wins over the likes of Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon and Roger Huerta. His final fight was against featherweight champ Jose Aldo last October, with Aldo taking a unanimous decision.

Florian suffered from back problems, which flared up again in November, leaving him with numbness in his right leg, severe enough so that the man who competed in the UFC in an astonishing and never equaled four weight divisions, 185, 170, 155, and 145 pounds, is moving on.

The Underground offers Florian heartfelt thanks, and best wishes for continued success.

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fightharder site profile image  

6/2/12 5:23 AM by fightharder

Not that surprised at all. I think Kenny is in a good place with the FUEL/Fox gig. I think the Zuffa will keep him around regardless,the dude is pretty eloquent and indeed a great ambassador for the sport (plus it is a Boston guy and Dana always loves those).I know their has been a lot of heated debate about legacy already so i just put my two cents in,great fighter but unfortunately he always choked when he got a chance to grab the title. Might be a little bit shitty to describe his career like that because he beats some top competition but their always be the lingering feeling that Florian just wasn't good enough.Hope he get Zahabi will also be involved in the new gym in LA. I think he and Florian would make a great team together. I really do think that he might be one of the better guys out their in terms of coaching/training potential.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

6/1/12 8:55 PM by LilBrockonmychest

Nice worries, I figured you would 

JoeStagner site profile image  

6/1/12 7:52 PM by JoeStagner

What a douchebag noob ^^^^^

Fake Pie site profile image  

6/1/12 5:33 PM by Fake Pie

Sad to see him retire. Happy that it means I will never have to hear his brother screaming again.

txt site profile image  

6/1/12 12:59 PM by txt

this is a bummer. entertaining fighter and great ambassador for the sport.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

6/1/12 12:35 PM by chaplinshouse

 Happy for him having a great career / success but not crazy about retirement being enabled because of the broadcasting gig.  Too many robotic generic voiced guys talking for the UFC it just feels stale.  Now I get to hear more of him, yay

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

6/1/12 12:20 PM by LilBrockonmychest

Care to elaborate dummy? 

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6/1/12 12:20 PM by therealhulkjuice


GSP24 site profile image  

6/1/12 12:19 PM by GSP24

Congrats to Kenny for an awesome career as a fighter and now pursuing other ventures full time.You've done well, kid.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

6/1/12 12:19 PM by LilBrockonmychest

I've never said anything about HOF.  Why do you keep referencing it?  A poster made a point that Kenny has stepped into the Octagon and won fights in 4 separate weight classes.  Yes, 3 are official but he has beat Chris Leben in a UFC exhibition match.  Even when I mentioned 3 classes IN THE UFC, you state that BJ and Couture have also done that along with several others.  I'm still waiting on you to tell me all of these fighters that have won UFC fights in a minimum of 3 separate weight classes.