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Bummer Alert: Kenny Florian Suffers Herniated Disk, May Be Forced Into Early Retirement

(Say it ain’t so, KenFlo.) 

Bad news out of the Boston Herald today, as it is being reported that UFC middleweight lightweight featherweight lightweight contender Kenny “KenFlo” Florian has suffered a lumbar herniated disk in his lower back as a result of an existing weight lifting injury he sustained in November. The injury is apparently so serious that KenFlo’s orthopedist and neurologist have agreed that he should consider retiring from the sport after nearly ten years in the game. Florian was less than positive about his outlook, but believes that every cloud has a silver lining:

[Retirement is] possible, unfortunately. 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.

It’s not good. That’s why I’m trying to stay hopeful. We’ll see. I’ve been out here in (Los Angeles) doing this show every week for ‘UFC Tonight’ for Fuel TV and doing some other things. I’m just hoping that it can heal up and get better and then see if I can go back to doing what I was doing. So far, I still need to rest. If I go to do something physical, I’m just not able to do it. That pain is coming back.

A 17-fight UFC veteran and three-time number one contender, Florian most recently found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision compliments of featherweight champion Jose Aldo back at UFC 136. Afterward, he quickly announced plans to move back to lightweight, where he last dropped a number one contender match to Gray Maynard.

And we gotta say, if this truly is the last we’ve seen of KenFlo in the octagon, then it’s a damn shame. Whether you loved or hated the guy (which was likely dependent on your opinion of how many fights warranted a title shot), you couldn’t deny that he always brought it come fight night. Truly a man of his word, Florian claimed he was in the UFC to “finish fights,” and he sure as shit did, collecting ten of his twelve octagon victories by stoppage. Only Roger Huerta and Deigo Nunes made it the distance with the TUF 1 finalist.

Head over to Kenny’s Twitter page and wish him a full recovery, Potato Nation. Because it’s Friday.


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Australian Mantis- January 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm
I loved watching Kenflo in action and this news sux, as some comments were made he would fit right in in the commentater seat next to Joe. Goldberg is ok but makes cringe worthy comments and trys to get Joe to agree with him. Plus i think he has a crush on Randy Couture, you should hear him compare anything and everything to the Naturals efforts. Randy got skills in the booth aswell. Still hope Kenny pulls through and destroys everyone with elbows like he used to.
ronburgundy- January 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm
This is a major setback for his flyweight debut.
NinjaVanish- January 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm
I had strained my lumbar muscles last year while training, I was out for almost a month unable to stand up straight or sit down without massive pain. One of the worst injuries I've ever had. Good luck Kenny that shit sucks.
XENOPHON- January 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm
@intercept440 - couldn't have happened to a better smart ass prick. So sorry to hear you got a boo-boo. Looks like the voodoo dolls are working. Your doll sits right next to KFLO's, on the mantle near the fireplace. Wishing you feel the burn...GRIN
@mcw89138 - do you really think Aldo cares if Florian has a back ache? Besides that naive bit of advice, I would add a trip to the neurologist before the physical therapist (to get a measurement of lag in reflex times) and then back to the neurologist for a retest before surgery. Else you are spot on _ and good for your mom.
@knucklehead - No one wants that ugly Peruvian mug of Florian commentating anywhere. Please send him a note, even the faked retirement won't get him Rogan's job.
@itsgalf - had to read it twice, BEST.
@Morningwood - sure does make a difference. Since we are on hydration. Up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight, as is the brain; body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water. A human must replace 2.4 litres of water per day.
Looking at Florian back at his "concentration camp" for his lightweight contender weigh in, he fucked himself....
knucklesamitch- January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am
Send him over to Strikeforce to be commentator until that ship finally sinks.
itsgalf- January 13, 2012 at 10:44 am
if the commentator gig doesn't work out...he can always go back to acting
mtnthc- January 13, 2012 at 10:24 am
Pretty good commentator? Beside being a bit biased, he is one of the best commentator out there as far as I am concerned. Plus he has a good camera presence. At least KenFlo has a viable career if he can't fight which is more than can be said about so many other fighters.
Morningwood- January 13, 2012 at 10:00 am
or, should I ask does anyone care?
Morningwood- January 13, 2012 at 9:59 am
I know the story reads that he was injured during weight lifting. But, I wonder how much dehydration plays a part in these type of injuries. The disc is hydrated so, I wonder if the disc becomes weaker or shrinks and becomes more prone to injury. Anyone know?
RwilsonR- January 13, 2012 at 9:49 am
Nice work, RSparrow.
shatterproof- January 13, 2012 at 9:45 am
KenFlo is a pretty good commentator. Make him full-time, take some time off Goldberg's plate. Kenny and Joe have good dialogue and at this point 'new' MMA fans don't need as much of the foil that Goldburg provided/provides.
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Fried Taco- January 13, 2012 at 9:31 am
Maybe there is some kind of head reduction operation that can be done to relieve pressure on his spine. I bet Aldo knows of some headshrinkers in the Amazon that could help.
mcw89138- January 13, 2012 at 9:24 am
Kenflo will be back I bet. While no one but Kenflo's doctors knows the severity of his injury, herniated discs are fairly common, and plenty of athletes recover from them. Aldo, for instance, had a herniated disc in his cervical spine that was causing severe radiculopathy in his hands and arms, yet he made a full recovery without surgery. Kenflo just needs to remain optimistic (perhaps talk to Aldo for encouragement), be patient, make sure he is seen by competent doctors (board certified MD's with a proven track record of treating athletes), do everything he is told by his physical therapists, and give his disc time to heal before pushing the panic button. Most herniated discs will desiccate and become asymptomatic within several months - my mother, in fact, had several herniated discs in her thoracic spine in the 1980's, but after receiving conservative treatment in Cleveland, she made a full recovery without surgery and has been asymptomatic for thirty years now.
RSparrow- January 13, 2012 at 9:22 am
He'll finally know what it feels like to have something strapped to his back.
intercept440- January 13, 2012 at 9:17 am
he's fucked. i just had an mri in my lower back and found i only have a bulged disc. i cant hardly pick anything up or even run on the treadmill the nerves are pinched so badly.. if he's got a herniated disc.. its over unless the docs can do something for him