Kenny Florian, a former title challenger and co-host of the show on FOX Sports 1 weekly UFC news program. Florian retired from MMA in 2012 after a loss the year prior to Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.
Florian’s UFC run began with a stint on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter at 185 pounds and ended with a UFC Featherweight title shot.
Florian has done just about everything one can for the UFC other than fighting and has even competed in some Jiu-Jitsu tournaments since and runs his own training center called the Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts.
On a recent edition of UFC Tonight, when asked specifically whether or not he and guest host, Tyron Woodley believed that Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor should be stripped of his title due to inactivity, this is what they each had to say:
Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC for 13 months. Should the UFC strip a champion after 1 year of inactivity?@kennyflorian and @twooodley debate. What do you think the UFC should do? https://t.co/M7HEENK3Nz
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 14, 2017
“You know, listen… I think there should be at least something around 12 months as far as a time limit.” Florian said. “Because a lot of fans and a lot of fighters, they want to see the division really played out, and when a lot of fans are waiting for these fights, they’re waiting for a champ to go out there and defend a belt, the fighters are waiting for a chance to win that belt. I don’t think it’s fair that a fighter just kind of sit out for 12 months, especially when there’s no injury being reported. I think it’s kind of ridiculous and holds up everybody including the fighters in that division.”
In a bit of a surprising decision, Woodley doesn’t believe the promotion should strip the lightweight belt from Conor McGregor.
McGregor surpassed an entire year without competing inside the Octagon this month, as he won the belt with a second-round TKO vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November. He took on Floyd Mayweather earlier this year inside the boxing ring.
Do you guys agree with Florian’s statement?