Kenny Florian’s Back Injury May End His Fighting Career


Today the Boston Herald reported that a back injury suffered by Kenny Florian may jeopardize his ability to ever step into the octagon again. He suffered a lumbar herniated disk in his lower back in November while lifting weights. Since that time he has worked to rehab the injury and consulted with many doctors about his future.

In the interview Kenny stated:

“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.”

That’s really bad news if the nagging back injury causes him to retire from competing in the sport, but he is trying to stay hopeful about the healing process while he works as an analyst for UFC Tonight on FUEL TV.

“It’s not good. That’s why I’m trying to stay hopeful. We’ll see. I’ve been out here in (Los Angeles) 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.”

We last saw Ken Flo in action when he lost a featherweight title fight to reigning UFC champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136 back on October 8, 2011.