Former multi-time (and multi-weight) UFC title challenger Kenny Florian, runner up on the original season of The Ultimate Fighter, is joining the PFL — in the broadcast booth.
The Professional Fighters League announced the news on Tuesday via press release. For Florian, it marks a return to broadcasting after having previously served color commentator for select UFC events, including UFC 83 and UFC 134. Florian also served as co-host for MMA Live, as well as UFC Tonight (alongside Michael Bisping).
Outside of MMA, Florian provided commentary for the ABC (and later Science Channel) series BattleBots.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the PFL family and this season looks to be the best one yet,” said Florian, quoted in Tuesday’s press release. “Breaking down MMA fights and high level martial arts techniques is what I enjoy most, and I’m elated to be a part of the tremendous commentary team to get a chance to do just that.”
Florian will join former UFC star and two-division champ Randy Couture, and play-by-play man Sean O’Connell, the PFL’s 2018 light heavyweight champ, in the broadcast booth. The season kicks off on April 23, with PFL 1 2021 airing on ESPN+ and ESPN 2. The remainder of the regular season will be spread out across April 29, May 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25.