Kenny Florian: Why a Return to Fighting Would Be a Mistake

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIOctober 9, 2012

Photo by MMAjunkie
Photo by MMAjunkie

When Kenny Florian retired earlier this year, many fans were sad to see the UFC vet leave. 

Although Florian made the decision to leave the sport just a few days after his 36th birthday, the main cause of his retirement were injuries. 

No one likes to see someone go out against their will. Especially someone with as much talent as Florian. 

Recently, Florian told MMAJunkie radio that he was recovering very well and was hoping to get back to training. 

When asked if he would be open to return to fighting, Florian said he remained undecided on if he would come back but never say never. 

Although many fans may love to see him come back so he can go out on his own terms, it may be a better idea to stay retired. 

For one, Florian's recurring injuries could lead to something more permanent if he continues to fight.

Florian could not even train properly because of his back injury, and not training properly could lead to hurting himself even more. 

Florian also has nothing else to prove in the sport. 

In Florian's nine-year MMA career, he has defeated many fighters in multiple weight classes including Clay Guida, Diego Nunes, and Takanori Gomi. 

Although Florian has finished many good fighters in his career, he may be known more for his losses than his wins. 

While some fighters hope to just reach one title fight, Florian fought in three, losing to Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, and, most recently, Jose Aldo at featherweight. 

Although a UFC title has eluded Florian, considering he is 36 and has a great career as a commentator ahead of him, Florian should stick to enjoying the retired life. 

If he can get healthy and back in shape, the temptation to come back will be there. 

But it may be best if he plays it safe and stays away from competing in the sport.