UFC NEWS – Kenny Florian Announces He Is Not Retiring From MMA

January 17, 2012 7:32 pm by bjpenn.com staff 29 Comments
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During tonight’s “UFC Tonight” broadcast on FUEL TV, show host and UFC fighter Kenny Florian officially announced that he is not retiring from Mixed Martial Arts.

Recent reports have circulated that Florian may be forced into retirement due to a nagging back injury, however when asked on this evenings show he stated the following:

“You know, there are some articles circulating about my back injury. I do have a back injury but right now I want to see how it feels over the next few months and take it from there.”

A resident on the UFC roster since 2005 when he appeared on the first season of the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” He went through the infamous house and came out a finalist, however he eventually lost to season winner Diego Sanchez.

After competing for the UFC for six-straight years Florian’s dominance has spanned four separate weight classes.

He started out in the UFC’s middleweight division before dropping to welterweight. He then dropped to lightweight where he fought in two championship title fights. The first of which was against Sean Sherk and the second against BJ Penn.

In his most recent outing he faced Jose Aldo for the UFC’s featherweight title at UFC 136 this past October.

Although he has fought for a UFC title three times, Florian has yet to capture gold during his time with the promotion.

The good news for Florian fans is that he is not calling it quits and will live to fight another day.

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