MMA fighter turned Fox analyst Kenny Florian is best known for his tactical fighting style and tendency to win via KO/TKO/Stoppage. After he retired as a fighter, he started working with the popular TV network as a commentator and podcast host.
In 14 of his fights, he managed to get submissions in 8, knockouts in 4, and decisions in 2.
His decisive fighting style in the ring has translated well into his commentary and sports broadcasting career. The former UFC star has a black belt in Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
How Much Is The Fortune Of Kenny Florian?
Kenny Florian is worth $3 million as of January 2020. He made these riches from a career as an MMA fighter and analyst.
While the exact figures of his salary are not available in the public domain, the average UFC fighter earns $138,250 per year. In a similar fashion, the average sports analyst at Fox sports is around $83,764.
The former fighter also owns and operates a mixed martial arts gym with his brother Keith which generates a sizeable income for them.
Listed His House For Sale In 2017
Kenny Florian listed his Hollywood Hills West home on the market for $3.1 million in 2017. He and his wife bought the house for $2.75 million.
The property is spread over 4,028-square-foot, has a built-in barbecue, hedges, and formal landscaping. He bought the house for $2.75 million in October 2014.
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Began Career In The Octagon As An Ace Fighter
Florian started as an MMA fighter at Mass Destruction 10, after this, he went to fight at another Mass Destruction. Then he fought at Combat Zone 7, suffering a loss to Drew Fickett.
Kenneth then competed in the fight reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, and made it to the finals before losing to Diego Sanchez.
Dana White was present at the event and scouted Florian, subsequently beginning his UFC career. He debuted as a UFC fighter in the middleweight division.
Kenneth started strong and defeated Alex Karalexis with his signature sharp elbow to the face. After this, he fought with newfound confidence beating a lot of big names of the sport.
The fighter even made a name for himself as he is the only fighter to compete in the middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight categories in the UFC.
Career After Leaving MMA
Kenny Florian had 3 title opportunities as an MMA Fighter, but he lost all of them. He lost his final match, the Featherweight championship fight to José Aldo. After his fight, he started experiencing numbness in the right leg.
Additionally, he also felt a tingling sensation in his body, which made doctors advise him to retire. He announced his official retirement on May 31, 2012.
Career In MMA And Battlebots Commentary
Florian had always said that even though he retired from MMA fighting, he always loved the sport. This became evident as he started commentating on MMA for ESPN. The fighter then began co-hosting “UFC Tonight” with Michael Bisping.
In addition to this, he also worked as a commentator for UFC 83 instead of Joe Rogan. Then he started working for Fox Sports. Similarly, he also became the commentator for ABC’s BattleBots series.
Did You know? He, along with American MMA commentator Jon Anik started a podcast, The Anik-Florian Podcast, in April 2015.
Kenny Florian was born Kenneth Alan Florian on May 26, 1976 (43 years old as of January 2020) in Westwood, Massachusetts, the U.S. to Ines Florian and Agustin Florian. Florian holds Peruvian and American citizenship. As for his ethnicity, he has Spanish, Italian, German, French, and Armenian heritage.
Florian attended Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, after which he attended Boston College. After graduating, he earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Regarding his relationships, he is married to Clark Gilmer as of January 2020. The couple gave birth to a child in February 2018.