Kenneth Alan Florian (born May 26, 1976) is an American retired mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He currently serves as the UFC on Fox analyst, color commentator on the robot combat television series BattleBots and color commentator for UFC Fight Night.Florian has a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. He is known for his cerebral approach to the sport based on his meticulous game plans. Florian is recognized for his tendency to finish his opponents, having earned stoppages in twelve of his fourteen career victories. He is also one of only two fighters in history to compete in four different weight classes in the UFC: Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight and Featherweight, the other being Diego Sanchez. Florian defeated Chris Leben on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, but succumbed in the finale against Diego Sanchez. He has competed on two separate occasions for the UFC Lightweight Championship and once for the UFC Featherweight Championship, but came up short against Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, and José Aldo respectively. Recognized as one of the elite competitors during his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Florian is considered as one of the best mixed martial artists never to have won a UFC Championship.Outside of his UFC career, Florian has been a color commentator on the robot combat television series BattleBots since 2015.
On Dr Phil, Florian, along with UFC President Dana White and former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin, talked to two high school students who participated in classroom "MMA" fights, telling them of the dangers of fighting outside of a sanctioned organization and telling them they should be training in an MMA gym instead. Dr. Phil addressed him as "Kenny Florini".On June 10, 2010, Keith and Kenny received their second degree on their black belt from Prof. Roberto Maia. Kenny and his brother Keith own and operate Florian Martial Arts Center, a martial arts academy in Brookline, Massachusetts near Coolidge Corner, which teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Instructors at the academy include Kenny Florian, Keith Florian, and Alex Lewis.He is fluent in Spanish.
Florian is the fourth of two children born to Peruvian parents: Agustin, a thoracic surgeon, and Ines Florian; however, none of his grandparents are from Peru, his ancestry includes: Spanish, Italian, German, French and Armenian. Florian was born in Westwood, Massachusetts and grew up in neighboring Dover, Massachusetts where he was a standout soccer player for Dover-Sherborn Regional High School. He attended Boston College where he played for the varsity soccer team (NCAA Division 1). He also holds dual citizenship in the United States and Peru.After college, his interests turned towards mixed martial arts and he earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Prof. Roberto Maia of Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, formerly Gracie Barra Boston).
Movies & TV shows
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BattleBots: Bounty Hunters
For the right to fight a "BattleBots" legend in ultimate robot combat, and for a place in "BattleBots" history and the share of a cash prize, there is a competition.
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BattleBots will be bigger, faster and stronger than before. The focus of the show will be on the design and build of each robot.
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A family drama is set in Venice, California. Alvey Kulina is the owner of Navy St. He was helped with MMA by Lisa Prince. He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure his fighters are taken care of...
UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin
The UFC returns to Vancouver with an exciting main event, as Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin meet in a battle of heavyweight powerhouses.
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 8, 2011, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The event coincided with a two day ...
UFC Ultimate Submissions
Every man has a limit. Determination gives way to submission when there is a pain threshold beyond which no man can pass. A submission specialist sees an opening and seizes it. He springs the trap. He...
UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi
UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi, also referred to as UFC Fight Night 21 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on March 31, 2010 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte...
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 28, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on December 12, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee at the FedExForum.
UFC 101: Declaration
UFC 101: Declaration was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UFC 87: Seek and Destroy
UFC 87: Seek and Destroy was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 9, 2008, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The card was headlined by a welter...
UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar
It's the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history! 3-time UFC® Heavyweight Champ Randy "The Natural" Couture returns to the Octagon™ and puts his title on the line against the biggest opponent of h...
UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
UFC returns to Colorado and holds a long 3 hour fight night event. Features several lightweight bouts between future contenders and champions, including Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar.
UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs. Florian
UFC Fight Night 11 was a mixed martial arts event held by the UFC on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at the The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was broadcast live in the United States and ...
UFC Fight Night 11: Thomas vs. Florian
None of the fights on the cover actually happened. There were many changes, drop outs, and reschedules. The ever ready Kenny Florian stepped in once again. The fight card also features the return of N...
UFC Fight Night 9: Stevenson vs. Guillard
This card had lots of "last minute" replacements, but still featured quality fights from Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson, & Melvin Guillard.
UFC 73: Stacked
UFC 73: Stacked was a mixed martial arts (MMA) event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). It took place on July 7, 2007 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California and featured a total of...
The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 3 finale was a mixed martial arts event. There were finals from The Ultimate Fighter 3 in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions as well as a main event between Kenny an...
UFC 64: Unstoppable
UFC 64: Unstoppable was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday, October 14, 2006. The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The card centered o...
The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 5, 2005. Featured were the finals from The Ultimate Fighter 2 in both the Welterweig...
UFC Fight Night 1: Ultimate Fight Night 1
Ultimate Fight Night was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 6, 2005.
The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale was a mixed martial arts event. The finals from The Ultimate Fighter 1 were in the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions. The main attraction of the event was Rich...
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