UFC fighter Kenny Florian retired from active competition in May of this year after winding up on the short end of a decision to featherweight champion Jose Aldo. However, as is so often the case with many top athletes, the competitive urge appears to be returning.
In addition to the loss in his title fight against Aldo, part of Florian’s motivation for retirement was a severe back injury that prevented him from training properly. However, during a recent MMAjunkie radio interview, he stated that the injury is improving significantly.
Even before his retirement, Florian worked regularly as a commentator for the UFC, a role he has continued to fill since he ceased active competition. Since his back began to heal, however, he has resumed his training regimen. Nonetheless, he stops short of confirming that he will definitely fight again, stating, “It’s tough to say. I’m definitely keeping myself busy, but I’ve learned never to say never…We’ll see. Right now the only thing on my mind is getting healthy and getting back in the shape.”
Florian was a member of the inaugural season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show. At 36 years old, he has compiled a 14-6 record in mixed martial arts competition with a 12-5 record in the UFC. He challenged for a UFC belt on three different occasions, losing to Aldo, Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn.
In spite of the fact that he has not captured a world championship, he has remained a dangerous fighter and a top competitor, beating many of the best fighters in the world. Florian has been a consistent fan favorite due to his aggressive, well-rounded style. Should he choose to return to fighting, many would doubtless be eager to cheer him on again.