Perennial contender Kenny Florian was looking forward to throwing himself back into the mix in the lightweight division when he herniated a disc in his lower back, an injury which now threatens to end his fighting career.
Speaking recently on the Sherdog Radio Network's Beatdown program, Florian explained that the injury, which he incurred in November, is still preventing him from going full bore in training. And Florian knows that this isn't a game which tolerates anything less.
"I'm not going to get into the sport and injure myself because I didn't train 100 percent," Florian said. "I want to be able to train like I was before. I was keeping a schedule where I was training … six days a week, three times a day. If I'm not able to do that, if I can't do two times a day or whatever, can't keep a training schedule like that, I'm not going to compete. My health isn't worth it. I'm someone that when I want to do something, I want to do it 100 percent."
At 35-years-old and with several title shots to his name, Florian's had a full and impressive career and he's prepared for the possibility that it's now coming to an end, though he's hoping that it won't. In addition to the growing role he's taken on the UFC's broadcast team, Florian intends to take a more hands-on role in the development of up-and-coming fighters through the Florian Martial Arts Center he opened with his brother in their native Brookline, Massachusetts.
"I've had a chance to work with a bunch of fighters and I hope to work with some fighters in the future," said Florian. "I feel that I do have a lot of different experiences with a lot of different things and some interesting training methods. I would love to be able to either take a fighter from scratch and develop him into a contender or work with some existing fighters right now that have established themselves. … I've had great coaches like Firas Zahabi and my brother Keith, where I've learned so much from them. If I can combine that with my own experience and my own training and my own fights, I think I have a lot to offer a lot of different fighters."
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