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Kenny Florian happy to have featherweight in career’s rear-view mirror

UFC fighter Kenny Florian has competed over four different weight classes, stretching his body to the limit on both ends of the spectrum in the process.

Now, following a loss to UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, “Ken Flo” has decided he will return to the lightweight ranks where the bulk of his previous success came. Nothing is scheduled as far as a fight, but regardless of that fact Florian is happy to be done with cutting weight to make 145 pounds.

Florian started out as a middleweight while finishing as a runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter, then went 2-0 at welterweight before making his name at lightweight.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever done, probably, is get down to 145,” said Florian, in a recent interview with HeavyMMA. “It was really brutal, and it took its toll on my body.”

Going back to lightweight, however, will place Florian in one of the UFC’s deepest and most talented weight divisions, as the likes of Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Gray Maynard, Clay Guida, Donald Cerrone. and countless other polished pugilists call 155 home.

“Everyone’s getting good, everyone’s getting better, everyone’s learning. I think once you start to know the fighters in the upper levels, you start to kind of figure out their game and then everyone realizes that everyone’s training hard,” Florian said. “It’s going to be interesting getting back in there – there’s a lot of tough guys there. Right now, the 155-pound division is probably the deepest.”


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