As we found out last week, the future of Kenny Florian’s career hangs in the balance as he tries to figure out if his back will ever be healthy enough to compete again.
It’s still unclear what steps can and will be taken by Florian to work towards returning to the Octagon, but as he revealed during the FUEL TV’s UFC 142 post-fight show this past weekend, those steps won’t include surgery. Transcription via 5 oz.:
“First of all, I’ve had a back injury for a little bit and after the Aldo fight I was getting back to training, I was doing some Olympic lifting, hurt my back, of course on the last rep, last set, and I knew it was bad,” Florian said. “It was a herniated disc in my back and it’s just been causing a lot of problems. Lower back, and it’s been everything from tingling and numbness in both my legs, so I’m hoping it’s going to heal up and I can get back to the fight game, but we’ll see what happens.”
Fellow fighters such as Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have both bounced back to compete following back surgery, but Florian, a former competitor on The Ultimate Fighter, said, “I’m not going to do surgery.”
Florian didn’t explain why or say if surgery is even a potential solution, however he made it pretty clear that surgery isn’t going to be an option for him.
On a brighter note, his Tristar Gym teammate George St. Pierre’s post-op rehabilitation is going “great,” according to his lead trainer Firas Zahabi. He told Sherdog radio recently that GSP will start his “sports rehabilitation” under Gavin MacMillan, who has helped various NFL stars such as Troy Polamalu get back to top form, in March.
“He’s doing great. He’s doing fantastic,” Zahabi told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “He’s doing the post-surgery rehab, and then after he’s done doing that — it should be done in March — he’s going to start his sports rehabilitation.”
“[Gavin MacMillan] trains Troy Polamalu from the NFL,” Zahabi said. “Tremendous trainer. I’ve been corresponding with him for the last little bit since Georges got injured. We have complete faith in him. He’s been through this process before with NFL players. The doctor was more than happy with the results of the surgery. Things are looking really good. Georges is extremely motivated to come back. He’s very excited. He’s got that fire roaring now bigger than ever. Everything is lined up for success hopefully.”
So far, so good, but St. Pierre still has a long road ahead of him before he’s ready to return to action.
Unlike Florian though, at least we know he’s definitely coming back.
Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog
Update: Kenny Florian’s fighting career may be up in the air, but his broadcasting career is going strong. MMA Junkie is reporting that Florian will assume color commentary duties alongside Jon Anik on the UFC’s commentating “B team.”
Kenny Florian has officially been tapped the color commentator for the UFC’s second broadcast team.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the new position with UFC officials.
Anik and Florian will handle all broadcast duties not taken by the primary team of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan. Most of the “B team’s” events will air on FX, such as Friday’s show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and FUEL TV. Both are FOX-owned channels that have taken over the small shows that previously aired on Spike TV and Versus.
Florian does have some prior experience at the broadcast table. He has filled in before for Joe Rogan and worked on some of the WEC broadcasts. I hope to see him back in the Octagon if his health allows, but he’s clearly going to do just fine if not.