Kenny Florian: “It’s not fair for a champion to sit out for 12 months when there’s no injury”

Kenny Florian

Retired UFC fighter, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian has been one of the UFC’s top analysts and one of the hosts of Fox Sports 1’s weekly UFC news program, UFC Tonight since it’s birth back in 2012 on Fuel TV. Florian retired from MMA in 2012 after a loss the year prior to Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. This would be Florian’s third career UFC title shot in which he came up short in. Since then, the third-degree black belt in BJJ, Florian has done just about everything one can for the UFC other than fighting and has even competed in some Jiu-Jitsu tournaments since and runs his own training center called the Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts.

On this week’s edition of UFC Tonight, when asked specifically whether or not he and guest host, UFC Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley believed that UFC Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor should be stripped of his title due to inactivity, this is what they each had to say:

“You know, listen… I think there should be at least something around 12 months as far as a time limit.” Florian said. “Because a lot of fans and a lot of fighters, they want to see the division really played out, and when a lot of fans are waiting for these fights, they’re waiting for a champ to go out there and defend a belt, the fighters are waiting for a chance to win that belt. I don’t think it’s fair that a fighter just kind of sit out for 12 months, especially when there’s no injury being reported. I think it’s kind of ridiculous and holds up everybody including the fighters in that division.”

McGregor’s last fight took place in November of 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight title at UFC 205. He has fought once since then but it was in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past August.

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/14/2017