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Kenny Florian opts against back surgery, still hopeful of return to competition

Kenny Florian, who hosted the UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes post-fight show on FUEL TV Saturday night, revealed more information about his recent back troubles on the program.

Florian last competed inside the Octagon late in 2011, going the distance with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Saturday night, Aldo successfully defended his title yet again with a first round knockout of Chad Mendes in his native country of Brazil.

“Ken-Flo” is a multi-time challenger to several titles in the UFC, but has yet to secure gold. Now, word of a possible career-ending back injury has left Florian in an interesting predicament.

“First of all, I’ve had a back injury for a little bit and after the Aldo fight I was getting back to training, I was doing some Olympic lifting, hurt my back, of course on the last rep, last set, and I knew it was bad,” Florian said. “It was a herniated disc in my back and it’s just been causing a lot of problems. Lower back, and it’s been everything from tingling and numbness in both my legs, so I’m hoping it’s going to heal up and I can get back to the fight game, but we’ll see what happens.”

Fellow fighters such as Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have both bounced back to compete following back surgery, but Florian, a former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, said, “I’m not going to do surgery.”

For now, Florian will remain part of the UFC announce team on FUEL TV, waiting to see how his back heals up with rest and rehabilitation.


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