UFC NEWS – Kenny Florian May Be Forced Into Early Retirement With Back Injury

January 12, 2012 3:03 pm by bjpenn.com staff 21 Comments
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Three time UFC title challenger, Kenny “Kenflo” Florian has reportedly suffered a back in jury that may force him out of competition and into retirement.

The Boston Herald has the scoop:



Florian has dealt with back problems throughout his career, but suffered a new injury in November while lifting weights. Having already planned to take six months off to build back to lightweight after losing a featherweight title shot in October, Florian didn’t expect the injury to be a major setback.

But two months have passed and Florian’s condition hasn’t improved. He has been dealing with tingling and numbness down his right leg and hasn’t been able to train.

Florian has met with an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist and both instructed the 35-year-old to retire.

“It’s possible, unfortunately,” Florian said of his career ending. “I’ve kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it’s possible. I’m going to see. As of right now, obviously I can’t compete and train like I was at all. I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I’ve just been figuring out what’s going on and what I’m going to do.”


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