Kenny Florian is the co-host of UFC TONIGHT, the official weekly news and information show about the Ultimate Fighting Championship on FS1. In addition, he serves as a FOX UFC studio analyst on FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS. He’s also co-host of the popular Anik & Florian Podcast, with UFC play-by-play announcer Jon Anik, and co-hosts UFC NOW, available on UFC Fight Pass.
Florian is retired mixed martial arts fighter with a record of 16 wins and 6 losses, making a name for himself in the UFC from 2005 until 2011, as one of the only fighters to ever compete in four divisions (featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight) and fought for three UFC titles in two weight classes (featherweight and lightweight). His UFC career started on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 1, where he made it to the final fight and ended up runner-up to Diego Sanchez.
Outside of the Octagon, Kenny, along with his brother Keith, owns and operates Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Mass. He also co-owns the Meraki BJJ in Los Angeles, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu school, and is an ambassador for Kasai Elite Grappling Championship.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Kenny excelled in many sports including soccer, tennis and martial arts. At one point, soccer became so important to him that he put his martial arts studies aside in order to practice and play soccer year-round. This dedication helped Kenny become a star midfielder in high school and he was recruited for the Olympic Development program in Massachusetts. Later, he went on to play Division 1 soccer at Boston College. Here he was successful both on and off the soccer field; earning Big East Academic All-Star status and becoming a Dean’s list student.
Kenny began taking his jiu-jitsu more seriously, inspired by the opportunity to truly determine his own destiny. He started training under Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Roberto Maia, at BJJ/Gracie Barra in Watertown, MA. Ready to test his BJJ skills in the mixed martial arts arena, he took his first fight in 2002 and earned a tapout win.
In addition to his FOX Sports duties, Florian is also serves color commentary on Battlebots on the Discover and Science channels and had a role on the show Kingdom on the Audience Network.