Top UFC lightweight Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming main event bout against Evan Dunham at UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22, 2011.
According to a statement on Florian’s official website, the former top lightweight contender suffered a knee injury while training.
“It is with deep regret that I will not be able to compete in my scheduled fight against Evan Dunham on January 22nd, due to a knee injury I sustained during training this morning,” Florian wrote. “Although I have not had an MRI as of yet; the doctors are cautiously optimistic that it will not require surgery.
“I want to express my sincere apologies to the fans, the UFC and Evan for not being able to compete at UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops 2. Since early September, I have been training for this fight. Evan is a great fighter and has undoubtedly been working very hard towards this fight as well. Plus, it is a big disappointment that I will not be able to fight in the octagon for the brave soldiers that fight for us.”
Florian recently lost a definitive unanimous decision to current number one contender Gray Maynard in a bout where Maynard’s stellar wrestling kept “Ken-Flo” from establishing his vaunted striking game. Florian hopes to return back into the cage in the first half of 2011.
“I am determined to return to the octagon in the first half on 2011. Accordingly, I will keep you all updated.”
UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 is taking place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and will be the third event that the UFC has held on a military base as a benefit for the troops.