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"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 outwrestled me. I didn't crumble. I have won many main events and 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."
Kenny Florian talks to MMA Fighting to respond to Dana White's claims that he chokes in big fights. This is pretty much the same thing that I said after I heard White say that. Can Florian work enough on wrestling to stop a bigger fighter like Maynard from taking him down and working his top control? According to Kenny, that's the goal.
I think it's interesting to hear him say that he thinks he could have won but he would have had to fight boring to do so. That doesn't make sense to me. I know White loves to push guys that fight exciting, and by exciting I mean stand and bang, but winning is winning. Isn't it? Isn't that enough? I've long thought that it's not a good idea for White to reward those that go out and fight stupid just to please him and the fans who don't appreciate a tactical battle. Based on his words, Florian is now another tragedy in a long list of guys who lost because they wanted to please the boss and by extension, the fans.