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Old 01-19-2014, 09:52 PM   #71
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I don't think so. Kenny was definitely an overachiever. He trained hard to become a good, solid fighter. Compared to what he was like before, he improved ages.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:53 PM   #72
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Florian thread, that means I'm commenting.

I don't think Kenny was ever a choker: To me, the word indicates stumbling under the spotlight, not dealing with pressure or adversity well, and in my opinion, it doesn't accurately describe him.

Kenny Florian was a great fighter, but he lost to greater ones. And there's no shame in that. He won plenty of big fights, but clearly reached his limit when fighting the best of the best. At times this was because he was undersized, and at others relatively less skilled.

In my opinion, the only fight he lost that he should have won was the Maynard fight. I think Kenny was the better fighter but just got bullied by Maynard's pressure and strategic takedowns to seal rounds.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:54 PM   #73
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Kenny was the benEficiary of great matchmaking

He was good just never great

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:21 PM   #74
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He actually admitted Dana was right

You can still pick up on it when he commentates fights, he always says something about pressure.

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:27 PM   #75
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Like people said, I don't think you can call it a choke when you lose to better fighters. I mean, did people really think Kenny was supposed to beat BJ or Aldo? He was better than most, but not exactly what comes to mind when you think of elite fighters.

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:34 PM   #76
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Yeah like everyone said, he lost to the better fighters. He got outwrestled by Diego, Sherk, and Maynard if I'm remembering right. Penn and Aldo are just beasts though so no shame in losing to them. But all that aside, I love the combo he landed on Guida that lead to the finish.

Beautiful I say.

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:36 PM   #77
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He didn't have the athleticism of a lot of guys. He was capable of beating some very, very good fighters (Lauzon, Gomi, Guida, etc.) but not quite at the elite level. I feel like he could've won the Maynard fight, but I don't think he had much of a chance against guys like Sherk, Penn, or Aldo.

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Old 01-19-2014, 10:38 PM   #78
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Pressure may have gotten to him against Diego, but it was the first TUF so that's understandable. And no shame losing to Sherk, BJ and Aldo. They're simply on another level.

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This thread would have been relevant 3 years ago. Dana was 100% Correct

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