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Kenny Florian headed back to lightweight division

Kenny Florian still has that itch to compete. That’s why the 35-year-old has decided he will continue competing inside the Octagon, just back at his former weight of 155 pounds.

Florian last fought at featherweight, falling to current UFC champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136. “Ken Flo” went the distance with Aldo, but was unable to claim enough rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

Prior to moving down to 145 pounds, Florian was a two-time title contender for the UFC lightweight title losing to Sean Sherk and B.J. Penn both times.

“I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it,” said Florian, in an interview with the Boston Herald. “I know myself and it’s not even just being competitive, but it’s just being there learning and competing. There’s still very much a fire burning there so I’m going to do it.”

Florian said he will take at least six months to train and build his body back up to compete at lightweight, saying, “I think there’s exciting fights out there for me, there’s still challenges out there for me, there’s still things I’d like to try to improve on and that’s the main thing.”

While Florian knows that a lot will have to happen in order for him to get back in the title hunt, especially at a stacked lightweight division, he doesn’t have any plans to become a gatekeeper for the UFC.

“I didn’t get in this to be second-best, of course. But, at the same time, not everybody can be a champion,” Florian said. “I’m just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me.”

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

MMATraining Take: Florian has always been a great competitor, and unlike aging stars like Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, he isn’t getting knocked out in his matches. Florian has shown that he is a tremendous athlete and can still compete with the best. Maybe he won’t ever win a UFC title, but he will always be a great ambassador for the sport.

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