In his most recent MMA fights, Kenny ‘Ken Flo’ Florian had dropped in weight to test his skills in the Featherweight division. Florian talks about the difficulty he had in making weight, which he believes was the reason for his poor performance in his last fight which was a unanimous decision loss to Jose Aldo. The Peruvian-American fighter has decided to move back up to the 155-pound division (lightweight) where he feels more confident. Florian plans on resting up a few injuries he wants to fully recover from before he steps back into the Octagon. Although he has no opponent at the moment, he is eyeing an early 2012 return.
From Kenny Florian:
“Dropping to the featherweight division was way too much for my body to handle. The Diego Nunes fight was the worst I’ve ever felt on a weigh-in day. Luckily, I felt better on fight day and was able to pull out a victory. But, against Aldo it was a brutal weight cut, and I really didn’t feel too great heading into the fight. In result, I had some medical issues I had to deal with. I had a thyroid issue that was based on the drastic weight loss. Those are the things you kind of ignore as a fighter, but it became very real to me after the fight. I’ll now be moving and staying at lightweight. I feel that I have all the skills to get it done. I’ve had different issues over the course of my career, but I’m capable of doing it. It’s just going out there and getting it done. I have some injuries I’m going to let heal for the next two months. Once those things clear up, I’m looking forward to getting back on the race to the title. I’m hoping it would be a well-respected, top guy in the lightweight division. But, right now I don’t have anyone in mind. I have a back injury that I’m letting heal up. As soon as that’s cleared, I’ll start talking to the UFC about possible opponents. I think my career has a few more great years and fights left.”