Kirk Andrew Florian, the younger brother of former UFC fighter and commentator Kenny Florian, died on September 11, 2016, at the age of 33. His death was confirmed by his brother Kenny on his Instagram account, after he had made a public plea to help find Kirk, who had been missing since September 10. The cause and circumstances of his death are still unknown, as the Dover Police Department in Massachusetts did not release any further information. Kirk Florian was an amateur MMA fighter who had a record of three wins and zero losses.
Kirk Florian’s MMA Career
Kirk Florian followed his brother Kenny’s footsteps and pursued a career in mixed martial arts. He trained at the Florian Martial Arts Center in Brookline, MA, where Kenny and another brother, Keith, were instructors. He made his amateur debut in 2008, and won his first fight by rear naked choke in the first round. Kenny wrote about his brother’s performance in an On The Mat Newsletter, saying that he was proud of him and that he showed a good all-around game. Kirk Florian fought two more times, in 2009 and 2010, and won both fights by submission. He was known for his grappling skills and his resemblance to his brother Kenny.
Kirk Florian’s Disappearance and Death
Kirk Florian was reported missing on September 10, 2016, after he had not been heard from since the previous evening. Kenny Florian posted a tweet on September 13, asking anyone with information about his brother’s whereabouts to contact the Dover Police Department. He also shared a picture of Kirk on his Instagram account, hoping that someone would recognize him and help find him. Unfortunately, the search ended tragically, as Kenny announced later that day that his brother had passed away on September 11. He did not reveal any details about how or where his brother died, but he thanked everyone for sharing his picture and information, and urged them to tell their loved ones that they love them.
Kirk Florian’s Legacy and Impact
Kirk Florian’s death was a huge shock and sorrow for his family, friends, and the MMA community. Many people expressed their condolences and support to Kenny and his family on social media, and remembered Kirk as a kind, caring, and talented person. Kirk Florian was a fighter and a brother, who shared his passion and love for MMA with his siblings and his students. He will be missed by many who knew and admired him. May he rest in