Kenny florian

Kenny Florian

Kenny Florian is a retired lightweight fighter who competed at lightweight and featherweight in the UFC.

Florian was a former UFC lightweight contender and the runner-up in the middleweight division on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. He has fought at middleweight, welterweight and lightweight in the UFC. He has fought for the UFC lightweight title twice, against Sean Sherk in 2006 and B.J. Penn in 2009, losing both times. Florian is also dropping down to featherweight (145 pounds).

He most recently fought undefeated Gray Maynard for the number-one contendership to the title yet again. Maynard dominated Florian absolutely en route to a unanimous decision to earn the number-one contendership.

Florian was next set to face fellow contender Evan Dunham after WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo declined to fight Florian. The fight was then announced to headline the second Fight for the Troops free event. Unfortunately about a month before the bout was set to occur, Florian had to withdraw with an injury. Melvin Guillard stepped up from the undercard to face Dunham.

After Guillard defeated Dunham via brutal knockout, Florian called out Guillard predictably. Guillard refused the fight. Florian afterwards decided to drop down to featherweight. He made his featherweight debut against contender Diego Nunes. Florian defeated Nunes via unanimous decision. That night at the post-fight press conference, Dana White announced that Florian had already earned a featherweight title shot.

Florian next faced P4P elite Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title, losing via a close unanimous decision. After the loss, Florian contemplated retirement heavily but in the end, he decided that his love for the sport had not diminished and he simply moved back up to lightweight.

Florian didn't find a fight there however and worked as a commentator for the UFC alongside Jon Anik for several events in late 2011 and early 2012 before retiring from fighting at the TUF Live finale weigh-ins on May 31, 2012. He continued commentating.


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