Kenny Florian fought in his third UFC title fight last night and he came up short for the third time. At 35-years-old and seemingly out of options in regards to winning a title, Florian’s future as a fighter is now up in the air. Following the fight, a clearly disappointed Ken-Flo admitted that he isn’t sure what his next step will be.
“No, not right now,” he responded when asked if he’d made any decisions on the future of his fighting career. “I haven’t really thought past this fight. We’ll see what happens.”
The Ultimate Fighter 1 alum made his third title bid in the fourth division he’s competed in, taking on featherweight champion José Aldo in the co-main event of UFC 136. Florian had his moments, but eventually came up short, again unable to wrest championship gold from the divisional ruler.
“I think against a guy like Aldo, against the elite, you got to mix it up better,” Florian assessed. “I wasn’t successful on the wrestling end of it and I think that was the difference. I made some mistake out there, it’s as simple as that.”
Though UFC president Dana White has said in the past that he thinks Florian comes up with wacky game plans, he said nothing of the sort this time around, asserting only his immense respect for the longtime UFC staple and assuring that he’ll always have a place in the promotion as a commentator or otherwise.
“Kenny Florian’s awesome,” White said. “He commentated our last show. I think he’s great on camera. I think he’s great on the mic. He’s a talented guy with a lot of options, and he’s always been a solid guy with us and always been a team player.”
“I really like Kenny, and I have a lot of respect for him,” he added later. “He’s accomplished a lot in this sport. He really has. The thing about Kenny is he’s smart. He’s talented. He’s got other options. He’s got things going on outside of fighting, too. It’s just one of those things he needs to sit down and really figure out on his own.”