When UFC veteran Kenny Florian lost his latest title challenge to Jose aldo last year many believed that the 35 year-old’s career may be coming to an end, but after taking time to reflect on it ‘Ken-Flo’ vowed to continue fighting.
The matter may now be taken out of his hands however as The Boston Herald reveals in a new interview with the fighter that a lumbar herniated disc in his lower back is now threatening to bring his career to a premature end.
“It’s possible, unfortunately,” Florian told the paper. “I’ve kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it’s possible. I’m going to see. As of right now, obviously I can’t compete and train like I was at all.
“I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I’ve just been figuring out what’s going on and what I’m going to do.”
If it does prove to be a career-ending injury then it will be very unfortunate as Florian had been plotting a return to the lightweight division and is certainly still well equipped to make an impact there.
On the other hand, Florian has had a great run in the sport, making it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 before going on to compete for a UFC title on three separate occasions.
He also has plenty to keep him busy once his MMA career is over. Along with owning his own gym he’s also marked himself out as an on-screen personality, featuring regularly as an analyst on ESPN’s MMA Live show and more recently ‘UFC Tonight’ on Fuel TV along with occasional color commentary duties for the UFC.