Florian cites wrestling, not mind, in loss to Maynard

by Ben Fowlkes | source: mmafighting.com
 

UFC president Dana White saw Kenny Florian's loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 118 on Saturday night as yet another sign that Florian cracks under the pressure of the big fights, falling short just as he's about to reach the top.

But to hear Florian tell it, the defeat was far more physical than mental.

"I take what Dana said as a compliment because I think he really believes in my skills as a fighter. I was capable of winning the fight but I would have to have fought a very boring fight. I felt great mentally & physically. I have more work to do on my wrestling & have already made the arrangements to become much better in that area of my game."

"Gray out wrestled me. I didn't crumble. I have won many main events & important fights. I blame my weakness in wrestling on the loss, not my mental game."

"I thought my defensive wrestling would have been enough but it wasn't. I will be working with high level wrestlers on a ridiculously consistent basis to improve this. I need to 10X more than I was to ensure that it is not only muscle memory but so I can prevent losing in this manner in the future."

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GaymidaGaydan site profile image  

9/1/10 8:17 PM by GaymidaGaydan

LOL at all the florian hate.He beats everyone except super strong wrestlers and BJ. Beat gomi the fuck up, buzzsawed through guida, out pointed huerta.

Gokudamus stole my name site profile image  

9/1/10 4:23 AM by Gokudamus stole my name

Kenny wasnt really listening to his cornerFiras was telling him to go after him and break Grays arm with kicks and stay off the fenceKenny kept backing up towards the fence and only started throwing kicks in the last round where it was basically just point scoring

orcus site profile image  

9/1/10 4:16 AM by orcus

He did.

freelife site profile image  

9/1/10 3:07 AM by freelife

xx

Joe O'Brien site profile image  

9/1/10 1:22 AM by Joe O'Brien

I'm glad nobody here ever has a shitty day at work.

Punch2DaLiva site profile image  

9/1/10 12:30 AM by Punch2DaLiva

Seriously though, when they showed Kenny eight as he walked in the FIRST thing I noticed was Keith had the meaner mug on. Kenny did not look confident.

slamming site profile image  

9/1/10 12:27 AM by slamming

 Clearly Kenny wasnt training with GSP enough.

OctopusFighter site profile image  

9/1/10 12:18 AM by OctopusFighter

Actually, a lot of guys now pull the guy on the bottom /away/ from the fence, because being against the fence makes it much easier for them to get up. Melvin Guillard has gotten particularly good at this recently.Unfortunately Kenny wasn't able to really get that going, either.

Wasa-B site profile image  

8/31/10 7:54 PM by Wasa-B

...esp when stacked against the fence.Sometimes, when i see the whole push bottom guy against fence thing, I want to see the refs restart them in the middle of the octagon to see what the ground action will be like on a more level playing field.The fence is too much of a factor on the ground. The cage may be better than the ring but it sure has its downsides too.