Retirement isn't in the cards for Kenny Florian just yet, though it could come sooner rather than later.
Following a five-round defeat against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136 in Houston, Texas -- Florian's third loss in as many title shots -- the 35-year-old perennial contender was rumored to be considering calling it a career. Despite appearing visibly despondent at the post-fight press conference, Florian was noncommittal about his status until Monday afternoon, when he released this statement via Authentic Sports Management (transcribed by MMA Junkie).
"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!"