Kenny Florian has become the latest victim of a staph infection.  Speaking on his twitter page, Florian had previously revealed that he had been suffering from burstitis in his knee prior to his headline fight with Takanori Gomi at UFN 21 at the end of March.

Unfortunately the injury, which causes the knee to swell, turned septic while Florian was on vacation in the Caribbean – his first holiday in several years.

“A staph infection in your knee & being in a third world country = not good,” the fighter post ruefully on April 9th.

A couple of days later he posted, “Last 2 days have been brutal. Staph infection has been extremely painful. Knee looks disgusting. Two distinct blisters of pus are forming.”

After returning home to Boston today Florian went to the hospital to get his knee checked out.  Just an hour ago he then left the following post:

“Being admitted to the hospital. Not good. Minor surgery & IV antibiotics on the way. Damn!!”

The former No.1 contender in the lightweight division is certainly not the first MMA fighter to have troubles with staph infections.  Unfortunately it’s an all-too-common complaint in MMA due to the bacteria thriving in places like gym mats, clothes and pads.

With Frankie Edgar becoming the new lightweight champion on Saturday night a new window of opportunity has opened up for Florian to potentially get his hands on the belt, and so he will no doubt be keeping his fingers crossed that his injury does not keep him out of action for long.

Along with his twitter posts in recent days, Ken-Flo also posted several pictures of his injury as it gradually became worse, and for those of you interested in that kind of thing you can see them for yourself below…

Knee Before Fight With Gomi:


Knee Today before entering hospital:

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