Kenny Florian – UFC Fighter Profile

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Kenny Florian – MMA Stats
Matches: 18
Wins: 14
Losses: 4

Wins by Knockout: 3
Wins by Submission: 10
Wins by Decision: 1

Losses by Knockout: 1
Losses by Submission: 1
Losses by Decision: 2
Kenny Florian UFC Fighter

Kenny Florian is a mixed martial arts submission expert born May 26, 1976. Of Peruvian-American decent, Florian is trained in the arts of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Ranked #6 in the world by Sherdog, Kenny Florian is a UFC fighter in the lightweight division. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has described Florian’s famous elbow strikes as “razor sharp”.
Florian Grows up in Massachusetts

Florian grew up in Massachusetts, a star player for his high school soccer team. He went on to play varsity soccer at Boston College, then changed direction to mixed martial arts fighting after graduation, meriting his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Kenny debuted as an MMA fighter in 2003 where he KO’d Jason Giroux seven second into the match at Mass Destruction 10. He then defeated Bobby McAndrews by submission as Mass Destruction 15, catching the attention of recruiting attendee Dana White, the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was actually there to scout MMA fighter Drew Fickett, but was so impressed he picked up Kenny Florian instead.

Florian contended in the first season of Ultimate Fighter as a middleweight, working his way into the finals but losing to Diego Sanchez in the first round. From there, Kenny’s FC career took off, defeating Alex Karalexis, Kit Cope and Sam Stout, the latter two by submission.

His prowess earned him a shot at the lightweight UFC title against Sean Sherk at UFC 64, but alas it was not meant to be. Florian lost the bout by unanimous decision. He continued his barrage of submission victories against Dokonjonosuke Mishima at UFC Fight Night 9, Alvin Robinson at UFC 73 and Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11.

Multiple victories later, Kenny Florian was given another shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship. He fought B.J. Penn in the Main Event at UFC 101. Florian spent four rounds attempting to take down Penn, but could not. Penn took down Florian in the fourth and pounced, causing Kenny to tap out in a rear naked choke hold.

At UFC Fight Night 21, Kenny Florian was awarded a “Submission of the Night” bonus when he eliminated Takanori Gomi with a rear naked choke after dazing his opponent with non-stop strikes.

A few weeks after the fight, Kenny Florian was admitted to the hospital with a staph infection in his knee. He underwent minor surgery to correct the problem.

His return to the ring is a highly anticipated one as he is expected to take on Gray Maynard on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118.

Kenny Florian still resides in Massachusetts where he and his brother, Keith Florian, run the Florian Martial Arts Academy in Brookline, Mass. The training academy specializes in mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and wrestling, instructed by Keith Florian, Alex Lewis and Kenny Florian himself.

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