Ken Florian has withdrawn from the “Fight for the Troops” event scheduled for January 22 at Fort Hood in Texas after sustaining an injury to his knee while training on Monday. While it is not yet known if the damage will require surgery to repair, it will at least keep Five Ounces’ #8 lightweight out of action for the first few months of 2011.
Florian made the following statement on his website website in relation to the ordeal:
“It is with deep regret that I will not be able to compete in my scheduled fight against Evan Dunham on January 22nd, due to a knee injury I sustained during training this morning. Although I have not had an MRI as of yet; the doctors are cautiously optimistic that it will not require surgery.
I want to express my sincere apologies to the fans, the UFC and Evan for not being able to compete at (the event). Since early September, I have been training for this fight. Evan is a great fighter and has undoubtedly been working very hard towards this fight as well. Plus, it is a big disappointment that I will not be able to fight in the octagon for the brave soldiers that fight for us.
I am determined to return to the Octagon in the first half on 2011. Accordingly, I will keep you all updated.”
As mentioned, the 155-pound contender was scheduled to face 11-1 Dunham (5 Oz. #10 lightweight) at the event. However, though “Ken Flo” has been pulled from the show, the XTreme Couture standout will remain on the line-up and instead fight powerful striker Melvin Guillard.
News of the replacement was reported by HeavyMMA. Guillard was originally set to face Yves Edwards in a separate main card bout. “The Young Assassin” has won six of his previous seven fights including victories in his last three contests.