Kenny Florian Net Worth: Early Life, Career, and Personal Life!
Kenny Florian Net Worth: Kenny Florian is a $3 million net-worth Peruvian-American retired mixed martial artist and commentator. Kenny Florian is a fourth-degree black belt and widely regarded as one of the best MMA fighters who has never won a UFC championship.
Kenny Florian Early Life
Kenneth Alan Florian was born in Westwood, Massachusetts, on May 26, 1976, to Peruvian parents, Agustin, a thoracic surgeon, and Ines Florian. Kenny was the fourth of six children raised in nearby Dover, Massachusetts, where he excelled as a soccer player at Dover-Sherborn Regional High School.
He attended Boston College and continued to play varsity soccer there, but after college, Kenny became interested in mixed martial arts and earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A near-death experience in Brazil inspired him to pursue his newfound passion for mixed martial arts.
Kenny Florian’s Net Worth
|Date of Birth:
|May 26, 1976 (46 years old)
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|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
|United States of America
Kenny Florian UFC Career
Kenny Florian is known for his intellectual approach to the sport, and his meticulous game planning and well-articulated fight analyses helped him establish himself as a fighter with a tendency to finish his opponents. 12 of his 14 career victories came as a result of stoppages. Florian is one of only a few fighters in UFC history to have competed in all four weight classes: middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight.
Kenny Florian defeated Chris Leben in the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but lost in the finale to Diego Sanchez. Florian fought Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight championship at UFC 64: Unstoppable but was completely dominated. Florian faced off against B.J. Penn in the Main Event of UFC 101 for a second title shot. Florian challenged Penn after establishing himself as the number one contender for the Lightweight title, but was defeated by submission when he was locked in a rear naked choke.
Florian faced numerous injuries and setbacks following his loss to Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship, his third defeat in championship fights, and retired at the age of 35 on the advice of an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist.
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) September 3, 2021
Kenny Florian co-hosted “MMA Live” with Franklin McNeil for ESPN and “UFC Tonight” on FS1 with Michael Bisping and also worked as a guest writer for “FIGHT!” MMA magazine. He filled in as a color commentator for UFC 83, UFC 134, and UFC Fight Night 19 in place of Joe Rogan. He also worked as a color commentator for WEC 41, WEC 49, and TUF 11 Finale for Frank Mir.
In 2005, Florian was announced as the color commentator for ABC’s robot combat series “BattleBots” reboot. In 2021, it was revealed that Kenny Florian signed a deal with the Professional Fighters League to work as a commentator.
Kenny Florian’s Personal Life
Kenny Florian’s ancestry includes Spanish, Italian, German, French, and Armenian, and he holds dual citizenship in the United States and Peru. He is fluent in Spanish.
Kenny and his brother, Keith, both received their second-degree black belts from Prof. Roberto Maia, and together they own and operate Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, that specializes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.