“I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it. I know myself and it’s not even just being competitive, but it’s just being there learning and competing. There’s still very much a fire burning there so I’m going to do it… I didn’t get in this to be second-best, of course. But at the same time, not everybody can be a champion. I’m just going to go back to 155, work my way up, take it one fight at a time and see where it puts me… I think there’s exciting fights out there for me, there’s still challenges out there for me, there’s still things I’d like to try to improve on and that’s the main thing. I don’t necessarily have the title in my eyes, but I do have my own personal goals as far as the technical level that I want to get to… I don’t like making any limits on how many fights or anything like that. I’m still going to take it one fight at a time. I know I’ve still got several good fights in me. I could fight for the next three years. I could fight maybe another couple of fights. I don’t know. I’m going to take it how I feel in training, how I feel fight after fight and I’m just going to take it like that.”

— Kenny Florian telling The Boston Herald that he’s going to continue fighting at lightweight despite three unsuccessful attempts at winning a UFC championship

Kenny Florian deserves a lot of respect for all the hard work and sacrifice he went through to chase a title at 145, but it really didn’t seem like it was the right fit for him. It was just too much. Whether he works his way back up the ladder or not, the lightweight division really is where he belongs. It’s good to see him getting back on that horse even if his title dreams are all but over. Not many people could come back from three unsuccessful title bids in a sport as demanding as this.

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