After dropping a unanimous decision to featherweight champ Jose Aldo this past Saturday at UFC 136, some suggested Kenny Florian’s (Pictured) mixed martial arts career had come to an end. The 35-year-old was clearly dejected during the post-fight press conference, but he wasn’t prepared to call it quits after losing his third title fight.
On Monday, the former “Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist issued a statement reiterating his up-in-the-air status.
“Everyone is asking what is next for me,” Florian expressed in a statement released by Authentic Sports Management. “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 [UFC president] Dana White, 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!”
Florian owns a 14-6 professional record, with 12 of his wins coming by way of devastating finish. All but three of his fights have been under the UFC’s watch. “Ken-flo” started his Octagon career in the middleweight division and worked his way down to the featherweight class.
“I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport,” Florian added. “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.”
In addition to his skills inside the cage, Florian has also served as a color commentator for the UFC and is a regular analyst on ESPN2’s MMA Live. Dana White said it will be up to Florian whether he wants to resume his career. Regardless, White professed he will always have a home with the promotion.