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Kenny Florian Releases Statement Regarding Future Career Plans

(Kenny chose brown and blue to match his face at the presser.)

When Kenny Florian fell short in his third UFC title bid Saturday night against featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136, fans and the media immediately began inexplicably asking “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ finalist if perhaps it would be a good time for him to call it a career. Seems a bit harsh, but everyone loves  winner.

Even UFC president Dana White seemed to hint at the post-fight press conference that Florian’s future with the promotion might be behind the microphone as opposed to in the Octagon.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for him, and Kenny Florian will be with us no matter what.
“Kenny Florian’s awesome. He commentated our last show. I think he’s great on camera. I think he’s great on the mic,” White gushed. “He’s a talented guy with a lot of options, and he’s always been a solid guy with us and always been a team player. I love Kenny Florian. There’s a lot of things that could happen with Kenny Florian.”The thing about Kenny is he’s smart. He’s talented. He’s got other options. He’s got things going on outside of fighting, too. It’s just one of those things he needs to sit down and really figure out on his own.”

Who were we talking about again? Oh yeah…Kenny Florian.

Anyway, the 35-year-old Westwood Massachusetts native issued the following somewhat vague statement today, and although he didn’t say it, it’s obvious that retirement is on his mind:

“First, I’d like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday. I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support.

I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.

Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I’ll speak with Dana, and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know. One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”

If he’s contemplating retirement because he’ll likely never hold a belt, maybe someone needs to explain the role of the gatekeeper to Kenny. He didn’t look bad out there Saturday night and there are plenty of interesting bouts for him at 145. He’s just running out of weight classes to drop to to get a title shot.

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XENOPHON- October 12, 2011 at 9:35 am
If he decides to leave, there is plenty of talent to fill the void. If he decides to stay, he is 10 in every division he has stood at. I would like see him stick around.
roc1383- October 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm
This isn't the last we'll see of Kenny! I'm happy that he's taking some time to enjoy some relaxation. I would do the same thing, if I were him!

What I'd like to see is that the UFC, when making the move to FOX, enhances their presentation by replacing Mike Goldberg with Florian. I wish there were some way to propose the idea without feeling like I was stabbing an old friend in the back. I respect Goldberg and strangely enjoy his general presence. But the fake, announcer voice and his wealth of misinformation gets old.

How nice would it be to hear Florian and Rogan share mic responsibilities? Florian would throw out the occasional movie or video game advertisement and Rogan wouldn't have to point out his incorrect analyses.

Florian doesn't have to stop fighting, either! Whenever he fights, they could have Mike Goldberg make an appearance!
TheCanadian- October 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm
A lot of people seem to be forgetting Kenflo is 35 years old, not exactly youthful for a pro athlete. Its hardly illogical for an athlete in his mid 30s to retire from professional sports. Infact id say the mid 30s are almost always the killer for pros in pretty much every sport. People are also forgetting the man spent pretty much his entire career fighting for the ufc. 17 fights out of a thus-far 20 fight career. Id say nobody has the right to bitch if someone who has put in that much work in a single organization is considering hanging them up.
zhmmaa- October 11, 2011 at 9:23 am
welcome to the UFC ,so top girls for good service that everybody will love them,thanks
J-Dog- October 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
I'm still trying to figure out how he was on Saturday Night Live and fighting in the UFC event at the same time. I think SNL is taped.
SnackDaddy- October 11, 2011 at 4:16 am
Also, i agree with everyone else who says that Kenny should just fight big names and novelty fights now, like what fighters like KOS wants to do. If he wins enough of those, there's always a title shot on the horizon. there's no point in actively chasing a belt, cause lets face it, his prime and level of competition have past him.
SnackDaddy- October 11, 2011 at 4:13 am
Well there's always the featherweight division, i suppose...
RaginAsian- October 11, 2011 at 3:22 am
@SquidInk - I put no words in anyone's mouth. I'm just stating my opinion. Lately certain fighters have been fighting not to lose for the sake of preserving titles/contendership status rather than fighting to prove they're the best. More often than not, it makes for a boring fight I only half watch. Actions speak louder than words and Kenny draining his body for a faster road to another title shot after losing one to Gray makes his intentions pretty clear.
I think Kenny's a great fighter who hasn't been doing his legacy any favors by chasing belts. I don't think he should retire, I think he should return to lightweight and show everyone he's still a world-class fighter with finishing ability. If another title shot materializes, great. If not, who cares?
He can either be the guy who gave up on fighting because he couldn't get a belt or one of the best fighters to never hold a title. I think he should go for the latter.
GistoftheFist- October 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm
He should retire his stupidass nickname.
RwilsonR- October 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Shit, it's been two fucking days since he lost what is likely the last chance he has to achieve his biggest dream in the sport. Cut the guy some slack.
Also, he's 35, not 25, so training like he trains takes a toll on your body, and sometimes that toll isn't worth it just to be a gatekeeper. If he wants to retire, I think that is a perfectly legitimate choice. Same if he doesn't.
Not everyone has to go on and on until they lose 5 in a row by KO before they consider retiring.
SquidInk- October 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm
IronClad, perhaps you're the one who should head back to first grade English and brush up on those reading comprehension skills. I said Florian didn't say anything regarding retirement DUE TO ONLY WANTING TO GET TITLE SHOTS. People were busting his balls in the first few comments making it sound like he was going to "take his ball and go home" if he had to fight non-title fights ever again. Get that boy butter off your monitor and re-read, toughnuts.
skeletor- October 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm
@noizy - anybody with half a brain would never question that. Sarah Palin is barely qualified for dancing with the stars and the rest of the republican field are a bunch of retards as well.
Ron Paul 2012
Gener- October 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Do you hear that.........? That's the sound of no one giving a shit.
- Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
noizy- October 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Too bad we're not last week, because you guys sound just like those pundits debating whether Chris Christie and Sarah Palin are running for GOP presidential candidates or not?
KarmaAteMyCat- October 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm
You know I have to side with Ironclad on this one though I do see everyones perspective and value their points of view in this situation. I've been to many grappling tournaments and seen the definition of spoiled brat I just don't think thats the case with Kflo he really holds himself to an very high standard so with this in mind I think Kenny's head is in the right place. He isn't just in the sport for money or fame he has plenty of both he wants to do it for himself at this point.
skeletor- October 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm
there are allot of good fights for him at 45 and 55, but I don't think anyone would talk shit on him for taking another role in the UFC. Florian isn't a naturally gifted athlete but his smarts and work ethic got him about as far as he can go. The man has options as a direct result of of the before mentioned traits. I think he's earned the right to explore them.
IronClad- October 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm
@ SquidInk
Congrats on not being able to read dip shit. He has hinted at retiring by using the words such as "evaluate my options, next move, one way or another you haven't seen the last of me". These are words from Ken Flow himself. No one said he is confirming a retirement and no one is putting words in his mouth. Florians ambiguity just opens for floor for subjective thought. Get that ink out your eye balls big guy.
SquidInk- October 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Congrats on completely missing the boat on what he said, guys. OTHER people are calling for his retirement and Dana White has long said that Florian "chokes" in title fights. Kenny himself said NOTHING about retiring due to not only getting title shots. Way to put words in his mouth.
IronClad- October 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm
I think you fellas may be misinterpreting Kenny and his situation. Its true that he's had 3 titles shots and hasn't won any of them. Its true that Kenny could become a gatekeeper and continue a lengthy career with all integrity in tact but at the same time this is a guy who has high expectations of him self. He doesn't fight just to fight...he is fighting to be the best and not because its a status symbol like a Mercedes or a Rolex. He fights for that belt because its a physical representation of achievement and hard work. Florian doesn't fight to get paid. He is a very cerebral guy who is educated and successful at pretty much anything he pursues. There is no shame in walking away because he has reached his peak and can go no further. He's a warrior no doubt and people should respect his position. The guy is a competitor and people who aren't competitive wont understand this mentality but after 3 title losses one begins to take a step back and re-evaluate. Im sure if half the fighters in UFC had the options Florian has (His own gym, College educated, Mortgage banker, Commentator)then they might stop to regroup as well. Florian would be sorely missed if he did leave
WalterBarrio- October 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
KenFlo should put on a few pounds and challenge Cain Velasquez for the HW belt.
MMA Mafia- October 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I agree! (and you beat me to it LOL) Seems like a little spoiled kid. Just because nobody will recognize me with a shiny cheesy gold belt around my waist I'ma quit. fuckn what?! Seems like it's more of a status symbol to him and not an accomplisment. I'm sorry, I like Kenny and always thought he had some NASTY elbows (remember he split Alex K nose wide open) but if you lose your title shots and wanna quit and NOT keep trying or fighting then I don't want to watch you.
RaginAsian- October 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm
The only reason he has to retire is he'll never be champ. And a fighter who's only in it to chase gold is a fighter I don't want to watch.