It has been more than five years since Kenny Florian retired from professional fighting. These days, the TUF Season 1 competitor can be seen doing commentary work for FOX Sports, and most recently, competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
A long-time Jiu-Jitsu black belt, the 40-year-old Florian competed at the Abu Dhabi World Championships over the weekend, where he went up against fellow former MMA fighter Vitor Ribeiro. It ended up being a rude welcome back into martial arts competition.
Except for Shaolin’s butterfly sweep during the early seconds that earned him two points, the entire match was a close one. Florian fully utilized the De La Riva guard, and was able to stifle Ribeiro’s movement and passing attempts.
The tides shortly began to change during the 4:37 mark of the match, when a brief scramble between the two competitors ensued. As Florian attempted a single leg takedown, Ribeiro had an underhook on the right leg, while sneaking in a clock choke attempt using his left hand.
The finish itself was not clearly seen on camera, where Ribeiro already had his left hand deep into Florian’s right side collar. With the help of his right hip for control, the blade of Ribeiro’s left forearm was driving into Florian’s throat, while his chest was pinned onto his opponent’s back. Ribeiro finished the choke by pulling diagonally upwards with his elbow tucked in, and within seconds, Florian was unconscious.
A member of Team Nova Uniao, Ribeiro last saw action in MMA in 2010 under Strikeforce, where he lost to Justin Wilcox via unanimous decision. He holds a professional record of 20-5, with 14 wins by stoppage.