Kenny Florian Retires from Fighting, Will Continue in Broadcast Career with UFC

Former three-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian has retired as an active competitor.
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Jake Ellenberger not willing to sit around and wait for UFC title shot

UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger says he is not willing to wait around for a title shot if it means sitting out out for an extended period of time. Photo via UFC.com

Come one, come all, Jake Ellenberger will not wait around for a title shot.

This Friday night (June 1, 2012), Ultimate Fighting Championship Welterweight contenders Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann will collide in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale from The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Though UFC officials have yet to confirm, the contest is considered by many to be a number one contender eliminator bout in the 170-pound division. Currently, Georges St. Pierre lays claim to the division’s title, while Carlos Condit lies in wait as the interim champion.

“The Natural Born Killer” and “Rush” are expected to meet sometime this year to unify the titles, possibly at UFC 154 on Nov. 17, 2012 in Montreal, Canada.

Condit earned the right to face off against the French-Canadian by defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 143 back on Feb., 4 of this year, and he has been riding the pine ever since, choosing to preserve his title shot against St. Pierre rather than to take another fight.

Should the winner of this Friday’s bout be awarded a title shot, his wait will be much longer as Johny Hendricks staked his claim as next in line by defeating Josh Koscheck decisively at UFC on Fox 3 a few weeks ago. “Big Rigg” has also stated that he will sit on the sidelines and preserve his title shot, too.

While many believe Condit’s decision to wait for St. PIerre’s return rather than to defend his interim strap is holding the division hostage, he is adamant that the waiting game is whats best for his career.

Ellenberger, on the other hand, is not willing to play that game, as he told ESPN:

“I’ve never been one to want to wait, especially when I’m doing well. The whole reason I’m in this sport is to become world champion. Getting that fight is ideal, but at the same time I don’t want to sit out six months or a year.”

It’s rather refreshing to see a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter at the highest level prefer to stay active than to sit around and wait for a title shot. As the old adage goes, if you’re good enough to be number one contender, then you should have no problem fighting all contenders along the way.

Sure, one can see the idea behind waiting, having what you worked for your entire life within reach is too hard to risk on taking another “unnecessary” fight. At the same time, there is a log jam that is being created by many’s decision to wait for their chance to vie for the title, too.

Perhaps if the powers that be over at Zuffa waived their mighty hand and force its fighter to take fights, it would clear up a lot of the traffic that is slowly, but surely, building up.

Or should the competitors have the final word as to who they will fight and when?

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Kenny Florian Announces Retirement After Nine-Year Career

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Kenny Florian, the only fighter in UFC history to have competed in four weight classes, announced his retirement from fighting on Thursday night following the TUF Live Finale weigh-ins in Las Vegas.

The 36-year-old has pondered the possibility for months, and ultimately cited a recurring back injury for his decision, saying he refused to compete while his body was compromised.

“It’s been very hard,” he said of the decision. “You’re identity becomes what you do, so it’s been tough.”

Florian began his career in 2003, and was discovered by the UFC the next year when UFC president Dana White went to scout Drew Fickett for what was soon to be the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Despite the fact that Florian lost in a split decision, White was impressed by his toughness and offered him a spot on the show. Florian fought above his weight division to compete as a middleweight and advanced to the finals, where he lost to Diego Sanchez.

His UFC career comprised 17 fights over seven years, and he posted a 12-5 record in that time. All five of those defeats came to eventual champions (Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, Jose Aldo) or No. 1 contenders (Gray Maynard, Sanchez).

The only knock on Florian in his career was his inability to win the big one, as he lost in three opportunities to capture a title. His last fight came against featherweight champ Jose Aldo last October, with Aldo taking a decision with a sweep of 49-46 scores.

His greatest moment likely came in a No. 1 contender fight with Joe Stevenson back in November 2008, a bout which saw Florian blow him out with a first-round submission in just 4:03. He also holds wins over respected veterans like Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon and Roger Huerta. He finishes his career with a 14-6 overall record in 20 pro fights, and a sterling reputation as a true professional.

Florian said he would continue on with his burgeoning commentary career, coaching and plans to open a gym in Los Angeles, where he recently moved.

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Just now at the Ultimate Fighter Live weigh-ins, UFC president Dana White has announced the retirement of UFC vet Kenny Florian. Florian stated that he has been dealing with a recurring back injury for several months and finally made the decision to hang up his gloves, if he “can’t give 100%”.  He said he’s very …
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TUF Live Finale Weigh-In Results: Ellenberger vs. Kampmann

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The tip-top of the welterweight division may be in a state of suspended animation, but Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann will attempt to continue their respective rises towards top contender status at Friday night’s TUF Live finale.

Ellenberger (27-5) will take his six-fight win streak and a one-pound advantage into their five-round main event at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. He checked in at 171 pounds.

Kampmann (19-5) was 170.

Ellenberger comes in with consecutive victories over top 10 fighters Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez while Kampmann has back-to-back wins over Thiago Alves and Rick Story, respectively.

The TUF tournament finale features underdog Michael Chiesa trying to cap off his feel-good story, but he’ll have to defeat teammate and Team Faber No. 1 pick Al Iaquinta to do it.

Chiesa suffered the loss of his father during the season, and then had to win two straight come-from-behind fights to advance to the finals. Iaquinta advanced on the strength of a unanimous decision over Vinc Pichel in the semis.

Chiesa weighed in at 156, a one-pound advantage over Iaquinta.

Main Card
Jake Ellenberger (171) vs. Martin Kampmann (170)
Mike Chiesa (156) vs. Al Iaquinta (155)
Jonathan Brookins (146) vs. Charles Oliveira (144)
Max Holloway (145) vs. Pat Schilling (145)
Justin Lawrence (155) vs. John Cofer (155)

Preliminary Card
Chris Tickle (154) vs. Daron Cruickshank (155)
Myles Jury (155) vs. Chris Saunders (156)
Cristiano Marcello (156) vs. Sam Sicilia (155)
Jeremy Larsen (155) vs. Joe Proctor (156)
John Albert (136) vs. Erik Perez (134)

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Arianny Celeste Fires Back at Her Boyfriend, Claims Self Defense in Domestic Assault Case


(Don’t know what you got, ’till it’s gone…) 

The ongoing trials and tribulations of Arianny Celeste are really beginning to pull at our heartstrings, you guys. When word first broke of her dust up with her unexpectedly average looking boyfriend last Saturday night, we didn’t know whether or not Tiki was somehow to blame for this injustice, or even how it was possible that anyone could DO THIS TO THE POOR GIRL in the first place. All we knew is that we sincerely missed her during the first half of the UFC 146 main card. Brittney is beautiful and all (seriously, she’s freakin’ gorgeous), but we’ve just never been big fans of monogamy.

When we were treated to the long-time ring girl’s mugshot and arrest details shortly thereafter, it appeared as if Ms. Celeste was responsible for starting the fight, and her oddly phrased tweets that came just hours before the incident transpired surely didn’t help her case.

Well, our girl Arianny is not just going to lay back and let the penal system have its way with her…

…sorry, we must have drifted off for a second. Anyway, Celeste recently told Hollyscoop that she only was forced to let her hands (and feet) fly in self defense:

I was defending myself after he choked me twice.

There you have it, Potato Nation. This Praveen Chandra douchebag had his hands around a multiple-time Ring Girl of the Year‘s throat not once, but twice. Does he even know the kind of ways that Dana White can mess him up? He can say goodbye to his UFC press credentials, for starters.

On the other hand, maybe Chandra really isn’t at fault for what went down. He has claimed that Arianny attacked him after reading a few text messages on his phone, and we all know that bitches be crazy when it comes to that sort of thing. In either case, he definitely learned a crucial lesson when dating a UFC ring girl: never drunk text Logan Stanton on a whim.*

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

*OK, we don’t know that he really texted Logan, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if that was the case? 

-J. Jones

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