UFC 136 Results: 3 Reasons Why Kenny Florian Shouldn't Retire

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIOctober 10, 2011

UFC 136 Results: 3 Reasons Why Kenny Florian Shouldn't Retire

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    Kenny Florian suffered a tough defeat at the hands of UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at Saturday night's UFC 136.

    Losing for the third time during a championship bout, speculation has arisen as to whether the long-time veteran of the Octagon will hang up the gloves after this latest defeat.

    But with such an amazing history with the organization and only having UFC losses to champions or former top contenders, Florian can definitely still compete at a high level.

    Whether it is at featherweight or another weight class altogether, Florian should keep fighting with the UFC.

    Here are three reasons why not choosing to retire is a good idea for Kenny Florian.

3. Lot of Good Fights Left at Featherweight and Lightweight

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    Another title shot at either 145 or 155 might be a bit farther away than Florian would like, but that does not mean that major fights with top-level guys do not exist.

    Newly signed UFC featherweight Hatsu Hioki would be a great battle for Florian, if the former Japanese  champion can get pass George Roop later this month.

    Fighters like Mark Hominick, Mike Brown and a host of other featherweights would make for interesting challenges for Florian.

    Florian has also expressed interest in returning to lightweight, a division that is overflowing with talent at the moment. Any number of 155ers would be great matchups for the Bostonian fighter.

2. Still in Great Shape

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    Going down to featherweight is a harsh weight cut for Florian, but he has proven that he can do it with little ill-effects.

    At age 35, Florian is still in fantastic shape and should have a lot of fight left in him.

    The toll that mixed martial arts takes on the human body is intense, and if Florian is in the mental state to stay in the game, then he should be good to fight at least a few more matches.

1. Title Still Within Reach

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    For Kenny Florian, losing out on a third title shot must be a devastating ordeal, but it should not dissuade him from going for the belt one more time.

    A big win over a highly rated opponent could change everything and get him back in the title picture faster than one would think.

    Taking out a fellow top contender could move Florian up the ladder, as the featherweight division does not have that many guys ready to take on Jose Aldo.

    Florian has one more title run in him if he is up to the challenge.