Back Injury Could Force Kenny Florian Into Retirement
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
A herniated disc could spell the end of Kenny Florian_s fighting career following an injury suffered in training late last year.
Florian has consulted at least two specialists who have told the TUF alumni and former lightweight and featherweight title contender to retire.
He talked about the injury and more this week:
“It’s possible, unfortunately. 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.”
“It’s not good. That’s why I’m trying to stay hopeful. We’ll see. I’ve been out here in (LA) doing this show every week for ‘UFC Tonight’ for Fuel TV and doing some other things. I’m just hoping that it can heal up and get better and then see if I can go back to doing what I was doing. So far, I still need to rest. If I go to do something physical, I’m just not able to do it. That pain is coming back.”
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