Kenny Florian Says UFC Will Surpass Baseball in Popularity in the United States
(UK Examiner) According to a Nov. 13 press release from Fuel TV, former UFC contender Kenny Florian predicts that the UFC will surpass baseball in popularity in the United States over the course of the next decade.
Florian, 36, hasn’t fought since losing to Jose Aldo at UFC 136 in Oct. of 2011, but he’s recently stayed in the spotlight as an analyst on Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight.”
On the Nov. 13 episode of “UFC Tonight,” Florian said he sees a bright future for the UFC, and perhaps a slow, steady decline for the sport of baseball.
“You look at the explosion of the UFC and what it did in the last 10 years,” Florian said. “I think we are going to see it grow a lot more. It’s going to become a more international sport. It’s going to explode all over the world. In this country, don’t be surprised if it becomes more popular than baseball.”
Florian thinks the UFC may become the new national pastime, and baseball may slowly go the way of the buffalo.
Florian also wasn’t shy about chiming in on Rich Franklin’s nasty knockout loss to Cung Le, and the possibility of Franklin’s impending retirement.
“It definitely was a nasty knockout,” Florian said of Franklin’s brutal defeat. “Anytime you are at the end of your career and you get knockout like that you have to start thinking about if you should retire. Rich is an older guy, he is 38. He has done a lot and he will definitely go down as a Hall of Famer. You also have to think about if dropping to 185 was a problem and if dehydration had anything to do with that. If he does come back I’d like to see him fight at a catch weight. But yeah, this is a guy who is maybe a little older now and I definitely think he should start thinking about his retirement.”
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