By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
UFC President Dana White announced last night that UFC main stay Kenny Florian has officially retired from active competition.
Florian began his career as a contestant on the very first season of The Ultimate Fighter where he went to the finals of the middleweight bracket.
Florian also worked his way up to challenging for UFC gold multiple times in both the lightweight and featherweight division.
Florian gave his thoughts following the announcement:
“I'm just so thankful to the UFC and everyone here for everything they have done. Fighting found me and I'm a much better person because of it. I'm happy…. I've dealt with injuries in the past, but back in November I was training and hurt my back. It just hasn't quite been the same … I re-injured it a few weeks back. So, it's been tough. I haven't been able to train. And I'm the type of person who never wants to do anything half-ass. If I'm going to train for a fight, I want to be able to do it 100 percent. [The decision] has been several months [in the making]. It's been very, very hard. It's been tough.”
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