TUF 1 finalist, three time title contender, and UFC veteran, Kenny Florian, who hasn’t competed since an October title loss to featherweight champion Jose Aldo, made the official announcement of his retirement from the sport at today’s weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter Finale.
The 36-year-old now will focus on his current UFC broadcasting career, which includes live UFC cable-TV broadcasts and the weekly “UFC Tonight” program on FUEL TV. “Fighting found me, and I’m a much better person because of it,” said Florian, who added recent injuries contributed to his decision to retire.
Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) first debuted with the UFC in 2005, when he was a middleweight runner-up on the first season “The Ultimate Fighter.” In fact, UFC president Dana White first saw him during a 2005 scouting trip for Drew Fickett, who ultimately defeated Florian via close split decision. White was impressed and offered Florian a spot on the show instead. Florian made it to the tournament’s finals, where he ultimately lost to Diego Sanchez.
Florian spent most of his career in the lightweight division but competed in four different weight classes during his 17-fight UFC career. His final two came in the featherweight division. From 2005 to 2010, Florian went 11-2 with 10 stoppages. The only losses came to then champions, Sean Sherk and BJ Penn. He holds wins over the likes of Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon and Sam Stout.