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.