The UFC veteran and TUF 1 finalist Kenny Florian has officially retired from the sport of MMA as a fighter according to an announcement by UFC President Dana White after the TUF Live Finale weigh-in’s. Florian holds a career record of (14-6) with 12 of those wins coming in the UFC. The jiu-jitsu blackbelt won nine fights via submission in his career.
Florian began his career in the UFC middleweight division (185lbs), losing to Diego Sanchez in the finals of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. Florian would go on to challenge for three world titles in his career, twice as a lightweight (155 pounds) and once as a featherweight (145 pounds). He went (0-3) in those title fights against Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, and Jose Aldo.
Florian has been pondering the decision to retire since the loss to Aldo at UFC 136 last year, mainly due to a back injury that has been giving him trouble during the latter part of his career.
Florian will remain involved in the sport from the commentary booth. Florian has worked on ESPN’s MMA Live, and is currently working as a UFC commentator and analyst for FUEL TV.