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Kenneth Alan Florian[1] (born May 26, 1976 in Westwood, Massachusetts) is a Peruvian American mixed martial artist with a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. He is known for his appearance on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show where he lost the middleweight final to Diego Sanchez. Florian currently fights as a lightweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is currently ranked by multiple MMA publications as the number-three lightweight in the world.[2][3]

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Florian is the fourth of six children born to Agustin, a thoracic surgeon and Ines Florian. Florian also holds dual citizenship in the United States and Peru.[4]

Florian was born in Westwood, Massachusetts to Peruvian parents of Spanish, Italian, German, Armenian and French heritage. He grew up in neighboring Dover, Massachusetts where he was a standout soccer player for Dover-Sherborn Regional High. He attended Boston College where he played for the varsity soccer team (NCAA Division 1).

After college, his interests turned towards mixed martial arts and he earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Prof. Roberto Maia of Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gracie Barra Boston).[5]

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Kenny is known for his elbow strikes, which Joe Rogan describes as "razor sharp".[6]

Florian made his MMA debut in January 2003 at Mass Destruction 10, defeating Jason Giroux via KO (Punch) in only seven seconds. Florian made another appearance in the Mass Destruction Promotion at MD – 15 and scored a victory over Bobby McAndrews by submission (kimura). Following those victories, Kenny suffered his first loss to UFC regular Drew Fickett via decision at Combat Zone 7 – Gravel Pit on July 10, 2004. This is the fight that got Kenny on the Ultimate Fighter as Dana White was at the show scouting Fickett for the show but he was so impressed with Kenny that he offered him, not Fickett, the spot on the show.

The Ultimate Fighter Edit

Kenny went on to compete on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight, losing at the finale in the first round to Diego Sanchez due to strikes.[7]

UFC career Edit

Following his loss to Sanchez, Florian returned at the first Ultimate Fight Night to defeat fellow TUF 1 competitor Alex Karalexis with a vicious cut across the nose.[8] Picking up momentum, Kenny went on to face Muay Thai competitor Kit Cope, winning with a rear naked choke submission early in round 2. Florian earned a title shot after defeating Canadian TKO Lightweight champion Sam Stout at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale; Florian won in the first round by rear naked choke.

On October 14, 2006, Florian fought Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight championship title at UFC 64: Unstoppable and lost via unanimous decision.[9] Sherk exhibited superior control despite being cut severely by several Florian elbows.[10] The judges scored it 50–45 and 49–46 twice for Sherk. In doing so, Sherk became the new UFC lightweight champion.[10]

On April 5, 2007 at UFC Fight Night 9, Florian defeated Japanese fighter Dokonjonosuke Mishima via rear naked choke submission. Florian managed to break free of an excruciating knee-bar attempt made by Mishima late in the fight.[11]

On July 7, 2007 at UFC 73, he fought and defeated UFC newcomer Alvin Robinson via submission due to strikes in the first round.[12] Florian tripped Robinson to the mat before moving to side-control.[13] Florian then transitioned into mount before pounding away until Robinson tapped due to strikes.[13]

In his next fight, Florian managed to get another win via submission due to a rear naked choke against Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11. Thomas injured his knee while attempting a takedown during the bout.[14] Thomas was originally slated to face off against Spencer Fisher, but Fisher had to pull out due to a staph infection. Florian took his place.[15]

On April 2, 2008 Florian defeated Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 13 by TKO due to strikes from mount early in the second round to secure his spot among the UFC's top lightweight contenders.[16] In the fight Lauzon took down Florian to the mat but whilst there Florian landed several illegal elbows to the back of the head that cut Lauzon.[17] The first round went back and forth as Kenny landed a vicious body kick and Lauzon looked for knee bars and heel hooks.[18] Florian finished the round with some hard shots to Joe’s head. Florian opened the 2nd round with a takedown and rained down punches on Lauzon from the mount position.[19] Lauzon attempted another heel hook but Florian continued to strike which resulted in Herb Dean stopping the fight.[17]

At UFC 87 on August 9, 2008 Florian defeated Roger Huerta by unanimous decision. By winning, Florian ended Huerta's 17-fight win streak.[20] All three judges scored the bout 30–27 for Florian.[21]

At UFC 91 on November 15, 2008, Florian defeated Joe Stevenson by rear naked choke submission in the first round.[22] Florian executed a takedown before mounting Stevenson and transitioning to a position to finish him with the choke.[23]

Second title opportunityEdit

With the win Florian established himself as the #1 contender for the Lightweight Championship.[23] Florian said "I want B.J.'s belt. B.J., you're one of the best fighters out there. I'm here to test myself. I think you're a great fighter, someone I look up to. I consider you a master. It's time to kill that master."[24] Florian faced off against Penn at the UFC 101 Main Event for the title. During the fight, Florian repeatedly pushed Penn against the fence and attempted to take him down but was never successful. During the 4th round Penn took him down with ease and immediately mounted him. Penn eventually took his back and locked up a Rear Naked Choke, submitting Florian and defending his title.

Florian fought Clay Guida on December 12, 2009 at UFC 107. During the second round, Florian caught Guida with a clean right hand right on the chin that dropped him. He followed up with a short flurry and finished the fight via rear naked choke.

He has expressed interest in getting a rematch with Diego Sanchez, in fact on an episode of MMA Live (before the Penn loss) he said that Sanchez is the loss he most like to get revenge for. Sanchez has expressed similar interest as have many fans, though this looks to be unlikely after Sanchez moved back to the Welterweight division.

Florian is expected to face former PRIDE star Takanori Gomi in the main event at UFC Fight Night 21.[25][26]

Outside fighting Edit

He currently hosts MMA Live for which is shown online and on TV on ESPN UK in the United Kingdom.[27] Florian contributes to the show with his MMA experience and his perspective as a fighter.[28]

Florian was also a guest writer for FIGHT!, an MMA magazine, in their April 2009 issue.

On April 19, 2008, Florian filled in for Joe Rogan as the color commentator for UFC 83[29] and again at UFC Fight Night 19.[30] On June 7, 2009, Kenny Florian would fill in for Frank Mir, whose wife gave birth two days later, as color commentator for WEC 41.[31]

On Dr Phil, Florian, along with UFC President Dana White and former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin, talked to two high school students who participated in classroom "MMA" fights, telling them of the dangers of fighting outside of a sanctioned organization and telling them they should be training in an MMA gym instead.

Championships and awards Edit

Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighter 1 Middleweight Tournament Finalist
Fight of the Night Honors

Florian Martial Arts Center Edit

Kenny Florian and his brother Keith own and operate Florian Martial Arts Center, a martial arts academy in Brookline, Massachusetts. The academy currently teaches Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. Instructors at the academy include, Kenny Florian, Keith Florian and Alex Lewis.

Mixed martial arts record Edit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Japan flag Takanori Gomi UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi 2010-03-31 United States flag Charlotte, North Carolina, US
Win 12-4 United States flag Clay Guida Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 2009-12-12 2 2:19 United States flag Memphis, Tennessee, US
Loss 11–4 United States flag B.J. Penn Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 101: Declaration 2009-08-08 4 3:45 United States flag Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US For the UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 11–3 United States flag Joe Stevenson Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar 2008-11-15 1 4:03 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Became #1 Contender for Lightweight Title
Win 10–3 United States flag Roger Huerta Decision (Unanimous) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 2008-08-09 3 5:00 United States flag Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Win 9–3 United States flag Joe Lauzon TKO (Strikes) UFC Fight Night 13 2008-04-02 2 3:28 United States flag Broomfield, Colorado, US Fight of the Night
Win 8–3 United States flag Din Thomas Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Fight Night 11 2007-09-19 1 4:30 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Thomas injured his knee during a takedown attempt
Win 7–3 United States flag Alvin Robinson Submission (Strikes) UFC 73: Stacked 2007-07-07 1 4:30 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 6–3 Japan flag Dokonjonosuke Mishima Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC Fight Night 9 2007-04-05 3 3:57 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Loss 5–3 United States flag Sean Sherk Decision (Unanimous) UFC 64: Unstoppable 2006-10-14 5 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US For Vacant UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 5–2 Canada flag Sam Stout Submission (Rear Naked Choke) The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale 2006-06-24 1 1:46 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US First Fight at Lightweight (155 lb)
Win 4–2 United States flag Kit Cope Submission (Rear Naked Choke) The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale 2005-11-05 2 0:37 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Fought at 170 lb.
Win 3–2 United States flag Alex Karalexis TKO (Cut) UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2005-08-06 2 2:52 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Fought at 170 lb.
Loss 2–2 United States flag Diego Sanchez TKO (Strikes) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale 2005-04-09 1 2:49 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US Fought at 185 lb.
Loss 2–1 United States flag Drew Fickett Decision Combat Zone 7: Gravel Pit 2004-07-10 3 5:00 United States flag Revere, Massachusetts, US
Win 2–0 United States flag Bobby McAndrews Submission (Kimura) Mass Destruction 15 2004-02-21 1 1:57 United States flag Boston, Massachusetts, US
Win 1–0 United States flag Jason Giroux KO (Punch) Mass Destruction 10 2003-01-25 1 0:07 United States flag Taunton, Massachusetts, US

References Edit

  2. Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. Retrieved on August 24, 2009.
  3. USA TODAY / SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings. Retrieved on August 24, 2009.
  4. Florian’s Second Wind. (2009-08-04). Retrieved on 2009-08-04.
  10. 10.0 10.1
  13. 13.0 13.1
  16. UFC Fight Night: Kenny Florian vs Joe Lauzon. Retrieved on 2008-01-19.
  17. 17.0 17.1
  23. 23.0 23.1
  25. Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi expected for main event of UFC Fight Night 21. (2010-01-21). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13.
  26. Kenny Florian Confirms Fight With Takanori Gomi. Retrieved on 2010-1-21.

External links Edit

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