Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Kenny Florian To Take 6-Month Layoff, Will Return To Lightweight

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

After a two fight run in the featherweight division, Kenny Florian is planning to take a 6-month layoff from fighting before making his return to the lightweight division.

Florian debuted at featherweight against Diego Nunes where he picked up a unanimous decision victory that paved the way for a title match up against champion Jose Aldo. In a hotly contested match up, Aldo would walk away still holding the 145lb title while Florian was left without a title for the third time in three tries.

Florian talked about his future in a recent interview with the Boston Herald, and explained his plans:

“I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it. I know myself and it's not even just being competitive, but it's just being there learning and competing. There's still very much a fire burning there so I'm going to do it…. I didn't get in this to be second-best, of course. But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion. I'm just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me. I think there's exciting fights out there for me, there's still challenges out there for me, there's still things I'd like to try to improve on and that's the main thing. I don't necessarily have the title in my eyes, but I do have my own personal goals as far as the technical level that I want to get to.”

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