Monday, January 16, 2012

Kenny Florian?s back injury may be career-ending

The Boston Herald brings us sad news from UFC veteran Kenny Florian. A back injury suffered in December may be career-ending. Numbness and tingling in his legs have prevented Florian from training. From Florian:

"It's possible, unfortunately," Florian said of his career ending. "I've kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it's possible. I'm going to see. As of right now, obviously I can't compete and train like I was at all. I'm just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I'm just kind of in a holding pattern. That's why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I've just been figuring out what's going on and what I'm going to do."

Florian has been working on "UFC Tonight" for Fuel TV. Before that, he was an analyst for ESPN's "MMA Live" and has done fight commentary. He is a skilled broadcaster who can bring his years of experience as a fighter to viewers. There is no doubt that he has a future on television.

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Unfortunately, Florian may find the future is here a bit earlier than he expected. His career has been impressive. Florian was on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter," where he made it to the finals despite being undersized as a middleweight. There, he lost to Diego Sanchez. Since then, his only losses have been in title or title contender fights.

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