Kenny Florian will not retire, plans to return at LightweightPosted on October 23, 2011, 01:09 PM by Joey Santosus
"I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it. 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.... 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." - For more from Kenny Florian, visit BostonHerald.com (via MMAMania.com)
It appears UFC veteran Kenny Florian isn't ready to call it a career just yet.
After coming up short in two Lightweight title fights, Florian was well on his way to a third crack at the 155-pound strap before being "bullied" by Gray Maynard in their number-one contender bout. As a result, KenFlo decided to test the waters at 145, where he defeated Diego Nunes to set up what many believe may have been his final shot at obtaining UFC gold, a showdown with Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. Now, just three weeks removed from his failed attempt at dethroning the Brazilian, Florian has revealed plans to return to his natural weight of 155-pounds and says, title or no title, he'll continue to fight on. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Do you agree with Florian's decision to return at Lightweight? And if so, does the perennial contender have another title run left in him?
Photo: Kenny Florian during the UFC 101 weigh-ins at the Wachovia Center on August 7, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Francis Specker