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Kenny Florian to Re-Reinvent Himself at 155 lbs.

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“Ken-Flo wants a cheeseburger, and Ken-Flo wants it NOW!!!”

Following his decision loss to Featherweight Champion José Aldo at UFC 136, there were plenty of questions asked about Kenny Florian’s next move. Having just fallen short in his third shot at UFC gold, the thirty-five year old fighter said that he needed time to evaluate his options, leading some to speculate that retirement was on the horizon.

But in an interview with the Boston Herald yesterday, Florian announced his decision to stay in the game and cited a tough weight cut for his bout with Aldo as the motivating factor in his return to the lightweight division.

“I felt [the weight cut] warming up, unfortunately. I don’t want there to be an excuse because there’s still things I should have executed that I didn’t, but I feel that it’s tough to go in there at a weight class that you’re not sure if you’re going to be 100 percent.”

Kenny’s drive to hold a title has seen him drop through a record four weight classes in the UFC. With a cut to bantamweight being physically impossible, Florian is coming to terms with not achieving his dream and focusing instead on his growth as a fighter.

“I didn’t get in this to be second-best, of course. But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion. I’m just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me.”

“I think there’s exciting fights out there for me, there’s still challenges out there for me, there’s still things I’d like to try to improve on and that’s the main thing. I don’t necessarily have the title in my eyes, but I do have my own personal goals as far as the technical level that I want to get to.”

While he may never achieve that number-one ranking, Florian belongs in the upper tiers of whatever division he chooses to call home, and a talent-rich division like lightweight can always use the help of someone to thin the herd at the top of the heap.

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The Lizardking05- October 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm
wasn't there suppose to be a ban on fighters saying they are "re-inventing themselves".... or am I remembering it wrong
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Fried Taco- October 24, 2011 at 8:16 am
Caption should be: I got Ben-Gay on my nipple and it HURTS!!!!
RaginAsian- October 24, 2011 at 12:36 am
Welcome to Rich Franklin territory, Kenny.
SnackDaddy- October 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm
"While he may never achieve that number-one ranking, Florian belongs in the upper tiers of whatever division he chooses to call home, and a talent-rich division like lightweight can always use the help of someone to thin the herd at the top of the heap."

All this, is not true. I don't think Florian is good enough to belong in the top 5 of the light-weight division, and would be fighting for the title there soon (not unless Dana White gifts him another shot). Also, i feel Florian's best chances are at welterweight division, like Penn and Sanchez.
Todd M- October 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Good call Kenny you were looking a little Machinist down at 145, I wonder who his opponent will be, maybe Jim Miller, Nate Diaz? I would be stoked for either of those fights.
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RwilsonR- October 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm
"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, bitch!"
Gay Playnerd- October 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Who wants to see this nipple finish fights?
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KarmaAteMyCat- October 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Good for him.. I couldn't be happier to hear this. VIVA LA K-Flo
GistoftheFist- October 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Why's he pointing at his nipple?
JohnnyBlaze- October 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm
at 155 kenflo feels like an Oozaru
JoLo1- October 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm
i still don't understand why everyone keeps saying he's lost his shot at a title. If he puts together a string of wins, like 5 or in a row, are you telling me the UFC won't give him another shot? Of course they will, he's a fighter they love and respect and the promotion is easy "Kenny Florian, the long time contender has battled his way back to one final title shot, will he be able to finally accomplish this tremendous feat, etc."

I think this is a great move for him
AndyInflammatory- October 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Wouldn't it have been nice if he DIDN'T say "...I don’t want there to be an excuse because there’s still things I should have executed that I didn’t, but..." and just let us know of his fiture plans? I realise he was only answering a question, but it would be refreshing to hear "No excuses - better man won" a little more often, especially from classy dudes like Kenny.
RoJoegan- October 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Agreed. It would be nice to see Kenny do more strength and conditioning and put on a little muscle at 155. He may never get a title, but he has incredible technical and mental skill. Happy to watch him crush the hopes of other up-and-comers for years to come.
Vovchanchyn Check- October 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm
i, for one, would like to see him back at 185
FightZen- October 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm
Awesome... 155 is where Kenflo belongs. I didn't think it was time for him to hang it up anyway. He's still got the skills to be at the top of the weight class.
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