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Kenny’s back!

It’s messed up. And no, I will never get sick of recycling that joke.

A back injury may prematurely end Kenny Florian’s career. The Dover native told the Herald that a lumbar herniated disc in his lower back has put his future in jeopardy.

Florian has dealt with back problems throughout his career, but suffered a new injury in November while lifting weights. Having already planned to take six months off to build back to lightweight after losing a featherweight title shot in October, Florian didn’t expect the injury to be a major setback.

But two months have passed and Florian’s condition hasn’t improved. He has been dealing with tingling and numbness down his right leg and hasn’t been able to train.

Florian has met with an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist and both instructed the 35-year-old to retire.

His back may be all creaky and busted, but fortunately his MMA analysis is smooth and silky. He’s already got a pretty decent sportsdesk blabbity blah resume and the distinction of being the only fighter-commentator fans don’t regularly wish a fiery death upon. That’ll carry him far, even if his back doesn’t.

I was all for Kenny continuing to fight when he was just battling chronic sadface, but ‘spine’ is right up there with ‘brain’ when you’re looking at body parts you need for some decent quality of life. Not everyone can come back from the kind of injuries doctors say are career-ending. Hell, half the guys that do probably shouldn’t have. So it’s a good thing Kenny is concentrating on locking himself in as Jon Anik’s boyfriend on Commentary Team 2 rather than risking everything for a few more fights.

  • Sodomize Intolerance says:

    “Hell, half the guys that do probably shouldn’t have.”

    See: Tito Ortiz

  • Fizzy says:

    “Florian has met with an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist and both instructed the 35-year-old to retire.”

    Pfft. That’s loser talk right there. They don’t make inspirational biography pics about the people who listened to reason.

  • iamphoenix says:

    took me way longer than i should have to understand the joke. :(

  • frickshun says:

    I love you, Kenny.

  • mmaddict89 says:

    he should retire and do commentary….he chokes in the big fights anyway

  • CAP says:

    Yep he’ll get better results in the booth. That’s too bad though.

  • kvelertak says:

    aldo ends bitches. respect.

  • OlyReigns says:

    Please don’t say that he is good in the booth. I can’t stand is phony nature. especially post fight in the cage. I want to shit all over his furrowed brow and horrible suits. Let him run a gym somewhere in Boston an stay in the shadows.

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  • CAP says:

    His commentary seems solid but I remember his post fight interviews and yes they were brutal. But Kenny is a gamer and a professional so he’ll get better.

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Dude had 1 bad night & he’d branded as a scrub. He’s a fantastic analyst & commentator.

  • OlyReigns says:

    I guess I just appreciate the unprofessionalism of Rogan. I dislike most commentators for their all too serious attitude. Any fighter would be better than Goldie, but i guess you have to have someone in there to get the lines out. At least Florian would be able to handle that and still know whats going on in the cage.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    He’s a fantastic analyst & commentator.

    And an exceptionally bad post-fight interviewer