It didn’t take long for questions to surface surrounding Kenny Florian’s future after the Massachusetts native came up short this past weekend for the third time in three tries at winning a UFC championship. Outpointed and outclassed by featherweight king Jose Aldo, the MMA community wondered if he would continue to cut down to 145 pounds, return to the lightweight division, or possibly even hang up his gloves for good to focus on work as an analyst/commentator.
Two days later and the 35-year old Florian remained uncertain himself as he made clear through a statement from his management.
“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,” Florian stated. “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,” Florian continued. “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.”
Florian ended the message by saying he would discuss his “next move” with his manager as well as White but assured his followers that he’ll keep them as informed as possible.
“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!”
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