UFC veteran and Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Kenny Florian talks about BJJ in the 90’s, positive mentality, managing nerves and emotions and the value of setbacks. He also talks about commentating for the UFC and trades Royce Gracie stories with Ryan. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • His origins
  • Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s
  • Ryan and Kenny trade Royce Gracie stories
  • Team sports vs martial arts
  • The guard
  • Breakthroughs in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His new academy in Los Angeles, Meraki Jiu-Jitsu
  • The life changing experience that made him pursue Jiu-Jitsu full time
  • The beginning of his MMA career
  • Striking for Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being coachable
  • Managing nerves and emotions while under pressure
  • Training at Tri-Star
  • The value of setbacks
  • The biggest obstacle Jiu-Jitsu has helped him overcome
  • His decision to retire from MMA
  • His commentary career

Check out the tournament Kenny is a part of, KASAI Elite Grappling!