First off, I’d like to preface this post by saying I’m generally a Kenny Florian fan. He smashed Alvin Robinson good and while his win against Thomas was a bit fishy, he really got in Din’s face after Din tried to showboat off him. But one thing I’m not a big fan of is how he’s proud of finishing fights by cuts.
Kenny’s got perhaps the most lethal elbows in MMA … he’ll fuck your face up good if you give him more than 4 inches of momentum on the ground. Now I don’t have a problem with elbows as a weapon … they’re just as legitimate as kicks and punches and shouldn’t be removed because they sometimes cause cut stoppages. My issue is when a fighter actively tries to finish a fight by cutting the other guy. To me that’s about as glorious a way to win as trying to get kicked in the nuts to force a DQ.
A cut stoppage isn’t a ‘real’ win like a knockout or submission. With those finishes, you stopped the other guy. With a cut, it’s the doctors that stop the other guy. While that might earn you a win on paper, it doesn’t prove jack shit as far as I’m concerned.
With that in mind, check this out: Kenny wants people to name his ‘signature move’ elbows. Here’s my suggestions.
- The Hail Mary
- The Cheap Win
- Plan B
- The Escape Route
- That thing I do when the other guy is better than me and I can’t win any other way