Many feel like Kenny Florian will retire from active competition and slide into the announcing booth as part of the new UFC deal with FOX Networks. However, as of now, Florian is not prepared to make any quick decisions regarding his future.
“Everyone is asking what is next for me. 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,” said Florian, in a statement he released via his management team, Authentic Sports Management. “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!”
UFC President Dana White has said that Florian’s future, which includes three defeats in championship matches, is in his hands. White added that Florian will always have a career in the UFC if he desires thanks to his past work on ESPN’s MMA Live and as a fill-in cageside announcer with Mike Goldberg for UFC events.
“The thing is he’s smart, he’s talented, he’s got other options. He got other things going on outside of fighting, too,” White said after UFC 136. “I have nothing but respect for him and Florian will be with us, no matter.”
Florian (14-6) is 1-2 in his last three bouts, falling to Jose Aldo this past weekend at UFC 136 for the featherweight title by way of decision. He has also lost title fights to B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk – both of which came at lightweight.
Along with his duties as an announcer and analyst, Florian also runs a gym with his brother, Keith, in Massachusetts.
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