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Kenny Florian during Discovery Season 6 of BattleBots.

Kenny Florian (born May 26, 1976) is an American retired mixed martial artist, boasting a respectable UFC career. He is the current co-host for BattleBots on Discovery, alongside Chris Rose.

Born in Westwood, Massachusetts to Peruvian parents, Kenny Florian had an early interest in sports. He played soccer for Dover-Sherborn Regional High School and the varsity soccer team of Boston College in the NCAA, but later opted to pursue mixed martial arts.

Kenny Florian joined BattleBots in 2015 as the show was revived on ABC and, like co-host Chris Rose, has maintained his role ever since. The BattleBots "Fight Night" format was likely inspired by UFC's own Fight Night shows.

Outside BattleBots[]

Kenny Florian's mixed martial arts career spanned nine years as a fighter earning the nickname KenFlo. He fought 20 times in total, winning 14 of these and losing 6. However, only one of these came by technical knockout, which came to American fighter Diego Sanchez in April 2005. His final MMA fight came in UFC 136 on October 8, 2011 before he was advised to retire from the sport following consultations with neurologists and ortopedic doctors. Since his retirement, he has remained within the sport and worked with FOX Sports and ESPN as an analyst.

In April 2015, Kenny Florian and mixed martial arts commentator Jon Anik co-hosted The Anik & Florian Podcast. Now over 300 episodes strong, the podcast is dedicated to a variety of sports, but largely focuses on MMA and the UFC.

In March 2021, he announced a new role with the Professional Fighters League as a commentator.

Credits[]

Year Title Credit
2007 Infanity Himself
2009 Time Warp Himself
2010 The Striking Truth 3D Himself
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Himself
2012 The Roots of Fight Himself
2015-Present The Anik & Florian Podcast Himself - Co-Host
2016 The Hurt Business Himself
2017 Kingdom Himself - MMA Live Host
2020 Embattled Himself
2021 Bisping Himself

Trivia[]

  • Kenny Florian is fluent in Spanish.
  • He holds dual citizenship in both the United States and Peru.
  • Kenny Florian specifically trained in Muay Thai and has a Third Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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