Florian delays decision on fighting future

In an attempt to quell growing speculation about his fighting future, UFC featherweight Kenny Florian revealed in a statement on Monday that he is not yet ready to make a final decision.

The 35-year-old Florian failed in his attempt Saturday in Houston to capture the 145-pound title. He lost to titleholder Jose Aldo by unanimous decision at UFC 136.

“I am passionate about mixed martial arts, and I love being involved in this sport,” Florian said. “It is incredible to see how much MMA has grown and that, today, there are millions of people who enjoy the UFC as much as I do.

“Everyone is asking what is next for me. The only response I can give right now is that I’m going to take some time. I want to rest, spend some time with my family and friends, and then evaluate all of my options.

“I’ll speak with [UFC president] Dana [White], and my manager, Glenn Robinson, and we will figure out my next move. One way or another, you haven’t seen the last of Ken-Flo!”

Speculation that Florian (14-6) would hang up his gloves began taking shape immediately after he came up short against Aldo. The fight was Florian’s third attempt at capturing a UFC title, each time he was on the losing end.

Florian’s previous title bouts were at lightweight. He lost by unanimous decision to Sean Sherk in October 2006, and was submitted by B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in August 2009.

In addition to competing as a mixed martial artist, Florian serves as an analyst on "MMA Live," which airs regularly on ESPN2.