“Ultimate Fighter” season one runner-up Kenny “KenFlo” Florian (14-6-0) didn’t realize his dreams of becoming a title holder when he fought featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136, but the veteran MMA fighter doesn’t plan to call it quits just yet. Instead, Kenny plans to head back to the 155 pound division where he has spent a majority of his MMA career.
Florian made his intentions known in a recent interview with the Boston Herald.
“I didn’t get in this to be second-best, of course,” Florian said. “But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion. 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, there’s still challenges out there for me, there’s still things I’d like to try to improve on and that’s the main thing. I don’t necessarily have the title in my eyes”
According to Florian, making the 145 pound cut left him physically drained during his fights, and the MMA veteran is looking forward to his return to the lightweight division.
Florian has always been an intelligent MMA fighter, and at 35 years old, he certainly many more fights left in him. Kenny has never been knocked out in his entire MMA career (he does have one TKO loss to Diego Sanchez back in 2005), and he really hasn’t taken that much punishment over the years.
Florian is skilled enough to hold his own against any of the UFC’s lightweights, and it’ll be interesting to see who the promotion decides to match him up with. With MMA fighters like Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, and Jim Miller roaming around the lightweight division, the UFC won’t have any problems finding Kenny fights.
The lightweight division has been stacked for sometime and Florian just made things a little more interesting. Florian will remain a top lightweight MMA fighter for many more years, and I won’t be surprised if he ends up earning another title shot.