Kenny Florian's management team, First Round Management, issued a press release on Monday about Florian's future in the UFC.
The press release, however, did not specifically state whether Florian would fight again after his third title fight loss to Jose Aldo on Saturday night at UFC 136.
"First, I’d like to thank Jose Aldo for giving me the opportunity to compete for the featherweight title last Saturday," Florian stated. "I gave the fight my all, but Jose won that night. I would also like to thank the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for their continued support.
"I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport. It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.
"Second, everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options. I’ll speak with Dana, and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. When I make that decision, my fans will be the first to know. One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”
There was some speculation that the 35-year-old Florian would walk away from active competition after the loss on Saturday night, which dropped his record to 14-6.
One of Florian's head trainers, Firas Zahabi, said on Monday's episode of "The MMA Hour" on MMAFighting.com that Florian didn't adjust well enough to Aldo as the fight continued.
"Aldo did a beautiful job of adjusting in the second, and I feel that our side had to adjust as well to keep the match going in our favor, but we weren't able to adjust," said Zahabi. "Aldo's a brilliant fighter and he had a brilliant counter to our attacks and he just did a great job."
Zahabi, however, did not know what Florian would do next.
"I feel we did everything we could to prepare him for Aldo and Kenny's going to have to let his mind take some time off, clear his mind, then make that decision for himself afterwards," Zahabi said, adding, "I don't think he's decided yet."
Florian has developed into one of the top MMA analysts on television, working for ESPN MMA Live and filling in for Joe Rogan on UFC broadcasts. And with the UFC running more shows than ever in 2012 and beyond, fans will surely see lots of Florian one way or another on UFC programming. Whether he will fight again, though, remains to be seen.
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