These are trying times for MMA fans, what with huge main events being potentially canceled due to the usage of performance-enhancing drugs.
Thank goodness for men like Kenny Florian, then.
Florian may not go into the UFC Hall of Fame, but few others can match his output at such high levels of competition. Did he ever win a UFC championship? No, but it doesn't really matter. The fact remains that Florian has served as a championship contender while also being a flag-bearer for the actual sport.
In a time when a decent interview or a hulking physique can get you a title shot, Florian did things the right way. He never cheated and never became something he wasn't. And now, he's taking things one step further by calling out those who do cheat their way to the top on this week's episode of UFC Tonight:
As a clean fighter, the whole issue of performance-enhancing drugs in MMA really pisses me off. This sport is about honor, technique and discipline. As a fighter, if you use PEDs, how does it feel good knowing that you won using them? Don’t do it, dummies!
I don't know if Florian will ever fight again. I'd say the odds are pretty good that you'll see him back in the lightweight division at some point this year, but it's not a certainty.
What I can tell you, though, is that Kenny Florian should be respected for taking a hard stance against a very sensitive subject.