In this episode, hosts Kevin Palmieri and Alan Lazaros talk with the retired mixed martial artist Kenny Florian about his fighting in the UFC and how it changed his life. He also shared the lessons he learned from his life experiences, his fights, his relationship with discipline, his near-death experience, and everything in between. You are surely going to be inspired so make sure you tune in.
Kenny’s athletic roots are in soccer, where he would play at Boston College. Though soccer was his first love, he eventually found himself in a gym training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). This transition from soccer to BJJ, and mixed martial arts as a whole, transformed his life.
Kenny received his BJJ Blackbelt in 5 years from Roberto Maia. After winning multiple BJJ and grappling tournaments, he went on to compete against some of the best fighters in the emerging sport of MMA.
His gas tank never approached Empty. Kenny's footwork was as remarkable as his razor elbows. These skills, Florian says, can be attributed to his time playing soccer. Though he was fighting above his best weight and pushing thirty years old, Florian performed exceptionally well.
In 2021, Kenny was named as a color commentator for the Professional Fighters League, which is the first MMA organization in which individual athletes compete in a regular season, post-season and championship. The PFL is broadcast in 160 countries.
Kenny's analytical skills are also showcased on Discovery's highly rated BattleBots series. In addition, he can be heard on the Anik & Florian weekly podcast, which covers the latest happenings in the MMA world. He was featured in the tv series "Kingdom” and had a supporting role in the movie "Embattled."
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[1:30] Life in UFC
[3:32] His near-death experience
[9:28] What’s something about martial arts that only people in the industry know?
[12:28] What’s his favorite book and why?
[14:50] The fights that humbled him and built his confidence
[15:35] Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Podcast Host John Laurito of Tomorrow’s Leader shares how fond he is of Kevin’s podcast services
[18:26] His relationship with discipline
[20:52] Navigating through social pressure while in UFC
[24:53] How has his identity changed over the years?
[27:06] Where to find more of Kenny