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Kenny Florian Releases Official Statement After UFC 136

Longtime UFC staple Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian challenged for UFC gold for the third time in his career over the weekend at UFC 136 and, for the third time, the 35-year-old came up short.

Florian attempted to wrest the featherweight title away from champ José Aldo, but was denied, eventually losing a clear-cut unanimous decision. As was the case in his previous tries at the belt, Florian was simply beaten by a better fighter that night. Having started his career as a middleweight and dropped all the way down to the featherweight division in search of a belt, the road may have finally run out for Ken-Flo, who issued a statement on the loss and his future through his personal website.

“First, I’d like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday,” Florian wrote. “I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support.

“I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.

“Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I’ll speak with Dana, and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know. One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”

An alum of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Florian sports a career record of 14-6 and will no doubt go down as one of the best competitors to ever grace the sport; whether he returns or not, Ken-Flo’s place in the annals of MMA is secure.