#84 Kenny Florian


Kenny Florian has become a fixture in the worlds of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Kenny did this by becoming a finalist in season one of The Ultimate Fighter, having a successful UFC career, then going on to be an analyst for the UFC and now a commentator for the PFL. Kenny achieved all this in the same way he earned his Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in only five years, by seeing each new challenge as an opportunity to improve and learn, no matter how scary it might be to the average person.


Kenny's MMA career moved at the same pace as his advancement in Jiu-Jitsu. After only a handful of professional fights, he found himself fighting on national tv for a contract in the biggest organization in Mixed Martial Arts. It was the final of The Ultimate Fighter and with the biggest challenge in front of him, Kenny finally felt all the pressure, fear, and negative emotions he had avoided up until this point of his martial arts journey.


Before the fight, Kenny began to worry about everything that was at stake, the contract, his career, the money, and what people might think of him if he lost. These negative thoughts and emotions flooded his brain and before he know what was happening he had Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez on top of him, blood dripping into his eyes, and the referee stopping the fight and declaring Diego the winner in just under three minutes.

It was after that loss that Kenny realized he needed to change his mindset. He knew going forward that he needed to always be composed and not let negativity get in the way of what he wanted to achieve. Kenny dedicated himself to studying the mindset of warriors throughout history to make sure negative thoughts would never again cause him to lose.


Despite the loss to Sanchez, Kenny earned himself a contract with the UFC and went on to fight over 15 times for the organization. He fought against some of the best fighters in MMA history and had three title fights in two different weight divisions. Kenny retired a year after that third title fight due to nagging back injuries.


Kenny then went on to become an analyst for ESPN, the UFC, Discovery Channel's Battlebots, along with other stints behind the mic. His in-depth analysis and ability to break down fights has Kenny now working for the Professional Fighters League and co-hosting the Anik and Florian Podcast which has released over 300 episodes.


Kenny also has a deep love for teaching and for seeing the possibilities Jiu-Jitsu offers people to grow, prosper, and better themselves. He has opened two academies, and most recently released his online instructional Kenny Florian's Jiu Jitsu Essentials course.


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