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Kenny Florian announced his retirement from MMA competition yesterday, which is a good occasion for a look at some of his stats and records while in the UFC:
  • Florian was the first, and remains the only man to compete in four different weight classes: middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight.
  • He retires with eight wins in the UFC by submissions, currently tied for the most among fighters in the modern era. Only Royce Gracie has more all-time submission wins.
  • Florian got seven tapouts on 13 submission attempts, for a submission accuracy of 54%. He is the only fighter in the modern era with a submission accuracy greater than 40% (min. 10 sub. attempts).
  • He was flawless with rear-naked chokes, going a perfect 7-for-7 on RNC attempts.
  • Florian landed more significant strikes than his opponent in every one of his UFC victories. He got stoppages in 10 of his 12 wins.
  • He retires with 3:07:38 of fight time, the 13th highest career length in UFC history, right behind Chuck Liddell.
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Luke Thomas from MMAFighting.com adds his thoughts:

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In the wake of Kenny Florian's retirement, I felt it necessary to give praise to one of MMA's improperly viewed fighters. That is, nearly everyone agrees Florian was a supremely talented fighter, but failing to win titles in three attempts across two weight classes are the true defining moments of his career.

It's true it's impossible to ignore those shortcomings. They are part of his history. But undo focus on them really shortchanges a fighter of pretty remarkable accomplishment.

More than almost anyone in the modern era, Florian worked with an unparalleled diligence to consistently improve his skill set. It's true Florian's athleticism was always a touch underrated and his improvement is partly of function of what a good athlete he actually was. But there are very few fighters one can point to from Florian's generation or 'class' who developed into the final product he became given his starting point.

Every aspect of his game was sharpened. Those dimensions where he lacked severely in the early stages of his professional career ultimately became his strengths. Florian had weaknesses, too. No fighter is an android of perfect technique and execution, but the journey he traveled to position himself to win a title must've taken a will few among us can summon in any professional endeavor.

That he did what he did in MMA through the sweat of his brow and unfailing belief in himself is worthy of our highest praise and admiration. He unquestionably gave MMA everything he had and he did it year after year, fight after fight. We can ask for not one thing more from anyone who competes.
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