After failing to realize his dream of holding a UFC title belt for the third time in his career there was a lot of speculation that veteran fighter Kenny Florian may now be ready to call time on his career, but in a new interview he confirms that he’s made his mind up to continue to fight.

“I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it,” told the Boston Herald. “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.”

However after a two fight stint at featherweight, Florian also revealed that he will now return to the lightweight divisions he’s spent much of his career in and believes he still has something to offer.

“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.”

It’s good to hear that Florian won’t be hanging up the gloves as even at the age of 35 he is still more than capable of being competitive with whoever he steps into the Octagon with.

Switching back up to lightweight is also a smart move as he’s never looked at his best when making what’s proven to be a tough cut down to 145lbs.

Despite the fact that he’s been a fixture at 155lbs for a number of years there’s still plenty of interesting opponents for him that he’s never faced before, including the likes of Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis to name but a few who could make for entertaining fights with the season campaigner.

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