After a solid nine-year MMA career, UFC veteran Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian has decided to turn in his gloves. He made the announcement on May 31, after the “Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale” weigh ins.
“It’s something I’ve been grappling with for awhile,” Florian told ESPN.com. “I think any inkling I had of returning was kind of killed a few weeks ago when I reinjured it. … I’ve experimented with [the injury] since November. It’s been tough. Right now, I have so many other opportunities coming my way. When I look at it, I’ve had a great career. Now it’s time to pursue other things.”
Kenny Florian won over many hardcore MMA fans with his performance during the inaugural season of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality TV series, making it all the way to the finale as an undersized middleweight. Florian wasn’t able to get past then undefeated Diego Sanchez in the finale, but he didn’t let the loss discourage him, dropping down to the welterweight division and eventually making the 155 pound division his home.
Florian never realized his dream of securing a UFC title, but he definitely proved he belonged in the promotion, finishing tough fighters like Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon.
The Boston native put on many memorable performances throughout his career, but his 2008 showdown against Roger Huerta will always be my favorite.
Coming into the fight, many considered Huerta to be the future of the promotion, but Ken Flo had plans of his own, putting on a kickboxing clinic against the highly touted prospect at UFC 87. He walked away with the unanimous decision against Huerta, making it clear that he wasn’t a fighter to be underestimated.
With his fighting days behind him, Florian will now shift his focus to broadcasting, where his technical understanding of combats sports will be highly appreciated by fight fans.
Brett Okamoto, “Kenny Florian retires from MMA”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.