twitter google

Kenny Florian is the mayor of Sadsville

Okay, Wikipedia. Get rid of that ‘tears of a crying child’ picture you’ve got on your ‘Sadness’ entry because Kenny Florian’s face after his loss to Jose Aldo on Saturday night totally trumps it. I’d say it’s the Magnum of sadfaces, or at the very least Depression Blue Steel. Those asking KenFlo what the future held for him at the post event press conference were given a listless non-answer, and now we’ve got more of the same in statement form:

“I’d like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday. I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support.

I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.

Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time to evaluate that. Most immediately,  I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I’ll speak with Dana, and my management team, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know.  One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”

Already, MMA blogs ’round the world are writing articles talking about how Kenny is going to forever be defined not by what he accomplished but by what he didn’t: win a title belt. Of course, these people are basically writing Kenny off. After three title shots, there’s no way he could earn another right?

Eh, I’m not sold on that narrative. Sure, Kenny is 35 years old. He could very well retire right now and be very proud of what he’s done over his eight year career. But he could also fight his way back up the title ladder and earn himself another shot, either at 145 or 155. The MMA universe isn’t against the idea of another shot for Florian in two or three years. We’re just sick of him using his mouth instead of his fists to get them. Hell, Randy Couture got a chance to fight for a title seven times. He tended to win those fights too, but still.

Who knows what the title picture is going to look like 6 to 9 fights from now. Which fighters will hold the belt. Maybe Kenny will be the perfect man to challenge for another title. And maybe next time he’ll fight like the Kenny we know and love instead of the guy who keeps pushing guys against the cage like a broken roomba. That shit didn’t work against BJ Penn and it didn’t work against Jose Aldo.

I guess what I’m trying to say in my standard dickish way is I don’t want to see Kenny go out like this. And that’s really a testament to how much we like him after putting up with 25 minutes of hearing his brother Keith’s shrieking. There is still hope!

  • agentsmith

    Weekly MMA News headline:

    “Florian adopts diet of water and houseflies, becomes UFC’s first flyweight champ by default”

  • iamphoenix

    there’s never ever gonna be another weekly mma news headline ever again ever.

  • CAP

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a panda that sad. I can feel the disappointment in that gif.

  • Blackula Jonez

    The part that I don’t get is how he kept going to the “hold em against the cage” gameplan that isn’t how he fights.

     

    Think of Kenny fighting at his best, does any of it involve pushing guys against the cage? Or is he picking someone apart at range until he gets a knockdown then going for subs. I don’t care if standing at range with Aldo can get you outpointed or finished, you have to fight to your strengths.

    Implementing a gameplan that has never worked when used before is just dumb. I will feel pity for Kenny when he fights like he regularly does and loses.

  • lukustra

    like I said in the other posts. Kenny should take some time off to work on his strenght. Hire a strenght coach and just focus on getting stronger. He gets outworked by guys constantly by just not being as strong. I think welterweight should be his natural class but at 35, he isnt neccesarly gonna be able to jump there right away but considering his bitch ass physique, its not out of question for a pro athlete to be able to put on 10 pounds of muscle in 8 months.

  • lukustra

    also.. Kenflo is a douche. I hate when fighters drop weight classes just to get an advantage. Marquardt pissed me off trying to drop to 170. Dude looks like a 205er in the cage.

  • Blackula Jonez

    A pro athlete putting on pounds of muscle over months, the only possible way they can do that is with horsebeef.

     

  • agentsmith

    I think he did the wall-grind gameplan because he figured he could wear Aldo down and make him gas, same thing for BJ Penn, and he was wrong about both.

  • kvelertak

    What pisses me off about kenflo is that he thinks he is too good to be a Chris Lytle.

    Why can’t he just go out there and put on exciting fights? Why does he have to have a championship?

    What, because he trains with GSP and sucks Dana’s cock he thinks he is an elite fighter? No son, you aren’t.

    He doesn’t know his place and acts like his shit don’t stank.

  • lukustra

    in other words, kenflo is a douche with a douchey nickname and a douchey beard on top of a douchey face.

  • P W

    Can’t feel sorry for a guy who loses fights he isn’t really supposed to be getting. Kenny is being promoted as if his skill level is one or two steps above what it actually is. If anything he should be sitting there with a big fucking smile on his face, he must have made a decent amount of cash from that title fight, right?

  • Blackula Jonez

    I can feel sorry for Gary Maynor, that guy was actually winning against his opponent and made a few dumb mistakes that cost him the fight.

    At no point in time was Kenny beating the shit out of Aldo or thoroughly besting him.

    I couldn’t give a single fuck about a guy who didn’t deserve a shot at the title other than he is a known commodity to ppv buyers and casual fans.

  • SST

    Kenny, “You guys want to see me choke! I can’t finish title fights!”

    Fuck Florian. I hope he retires, cause he’s stinking up the place with his wall and stall.

    And fuck his screaming brother, Keith!

  • frickshun

    For those that think he didn’t deserve a title shot…….he can & will beat almost every other guy @ 145 & 155. Plus, he has a following. IF IT WAS UP TO YOU FUCKING MORONS, YOU’D BE HANDING OUT SHOTS TO TOP FIGHTERS FROM JAPAN. Ya know, like how Aoki was some people’s #1 before he got embarassed by Gil.
    Kevertalik & Lukustra–>please, please, please shut the fuck up.

    PS: That pink shirt looked a lot cooler before he got his ass kicked.

  • lukustra

    and btw, is anyone gonna laud Frankie for apperently being one of the hardest guys to finish? i mean he was getting destroyed but Gaynard in those 1st rounds. And fought BJ twice, who has finished all but 3 fights.

  • lukustra

    frick apperently youre the entire Kenflo “following”. Dude barely beat a mid-level 145er and got a title shot in which is amounted ZERO offense. outta boy! thanks for a boring ass 25 minutes.

  • frickshun

    Nunes is no scrub. And honestly, the reason I think Florian is looking less & less impressive is b/c he’s so focused on perfect technique, that power & killer instinct took a huge hit.
    I would have preferred him to stay @ 155, put on a little muscle, work on rasslin & continue to kick the shit out of guys.
    PLEASE TELL ME THE LAUNDRY LIST OF GUYS @ ’45 & ’55 THAT ARE BETTER THAN KENNY…..

  • lukustra

    yeah, Nunes isn’t a scrub, hes a mid level 145er.. like i said. Florian has great technique, good jitsu and good muai thai, also like I said. But the dude is so drawn out at 145 he cant utilize his techniques cuz he just looks out of it. He probably starves himself and cuts a shitload of water weight at already a frail physique, he literally has no chance against the top pro athletes he is facing. If he goes back to 145 I’m gonna hate on him even more cuz hes only hurting himself by the dumbass weight cutting. Theres no fucking weight to cut.

  • lukustra

    look at that gif after the fight, he looks like a fucking homeless person.

  • glassjawsh

    @ frick – any strong wrestler not named clay guida would straight up tool kenflo at either weight.

    I’d love to see him take on hatsu hioki or urijah faber @ 45 (you know faber wouldn”t turn down that fight especially if it was in sac or boston) or joe lauzon or denis siver @ 55

  • CAP

    The champ Aldo half kills himself to make weight too. Just sayin. Sounds like a lot of talk of him moving up to 155.

    I’m gonna save that kenflo gif for when I have a bad day to make me feel better.

  • lukustra

    yeah, hes cutting water weight and going on a diet to burn of excess weight while preserving muscle mass, which is possible at 5’6. Its a different story when your Kenflo, and already weak as shit, and trying to do the same thing at 5’11. Kenny is exactly GSP’s height.

  • frickshun

    Jawshy–>I would love any of those match-ups. My point being that Florian is no bum or teacher’s pet getting handed undeserved title shots. I’d prefer he go back to 155 b/c it’s the right class. As far as his height, no chance he’s 5’11”. He looks the same as me (5’9″). Wiki says he’s 5’10”.

    **Just saying fellas, the hate spitted his way is totes unwarranted. You can say he should have earned this shot the way others have had to. You can say he will never beat Also. You can say he looks half dead @ ’45. But to say he sucks is bullshit. I think Ryan summed it up best when he said that Kenny can easily work his way back to an EARNED title shot down the road if he continues to fight. Anybody saying differently is a liar. And most likely fat.
    PS: Jawsh–>did a 5 mi. run on treadmill Friday in my FiveFingers. Felt great!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m not gonna tantrum on fight fans like Frick, I’ve been watching long enough to know you’re all dumb, fickle, vulva-flapping bitches so I’m not gonna sweat it.  I do think he would be well suited to some Olympic lifting and an improvement in his core strength, cause his wall-n-stall is weak sauce.  He’d need a few months to even make his way to lean-n-mean-ing his way to losses.  It’d also help his linking from hips to shoulders to he can actually produce useful strikes again.  But that’s from someone who doesn’t even do pushups anymore, so what do I know?

    But fuck that – how about that Frankie Edgar?  Fucking amazing comeback.

  • KeyboardWarrior

    What was he thinking trying to win a title fight like that? No one wants to see you win a title by pressing someone against the cage. He should’ve just gone out swinging and hoped for the best.

  • iamphoenix

    this tops sad fedor.

  • P W

    If someone is up for some research:

    How many fighters have had more title contender fights than Florian? (It should be Hall of Fame territory – a quick gander tells me BJ and Couture have, while Ortiz, Liddell, Hughes and Shamrock have not)

    How many fighters except Florian have had 3 title fights and never won any of them?

     

  • Blackula Jonez

    Faber lost his belt to Brown, put on a foty effort in his rematch but lost that, lost to Aldo and lost a rematch with Cruz.

     

    Still a top 10 fighter, but these champs nowadays are very difficult to beat. Thats why I honestly think Hioki has a better chance at beating Aldo than Mendez does. Other than Chads rassling what does he have, if he gets a coulpe takedowns stuffed and gets lit up with leg kicks and other strikes how else can he win a fight. That and Mendes’s rassling style is more traditional rassle boxer in his approach to fights.

     

    The fact of the matter is most UFC champs are not going to be defeated by a one dimensional gameplan, you need to be very proficient at 2 aspects of the game if you hope to win rounds or even finish a champ. Look at Cruz’s last title defense, busted hand and could not get his striking offese going, switched to rassling mode and won.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Excellent point Blackula.

Archives