A frenzy of questions must be going through Denis Kang (Pictures)'s mind coming off his surprise
submission loss to Gegard
Mousasi (Pictures) in the first round of the Dream
middleweight grand prix.
Did he overlook Mousasi's ground game? What led to the mental slip?
Was it ring rust?
At times like these, "training is the best thing to do," Kang told
Sherdog.com with disappointment.
In this brief e-mail interview, Kang gives his thoughts on his
match with Mousasi, Aoki's victory over Gesias Calvancante
(Pictures) and where he goes from
: You tagged Mousasi with a
barrage of strikes off the get go and drove in with a double-leg.
Was it your game plan to exchange strikes standing and change
levels for the takedown? Were you ever worried about Mousasi's
striking prowess or did you think you could handle him on the
: I was planning to fight on
instinct. The takedown was there, so I took it. I knew I could
handle him on the feet.
: That kimura looked like it was
a lock. Was it Mousasi's knees from the bottom that prevented you
from cranking it out?
: The knees didn't bother me, but
he was defending the arm well.
: When you stood up and Mousasi
was on his back, he threw a few up-kicks with his long legs. Did
they throw you off your game?
: A little, but I was expecting
: It looked like you were trying
to pass and get to side mount before you saw an opening for a
hammerfist. Can you explain what went on in the final moments?
: I made one sloppy mistake that
cost me the fight. At this level that's all it takes.
: Did you expect Mousasi to pull
out that triangle? Did it seem like it was something he prepared
for -- maybe by watching tape on your fight against Joe Doerksen (Pictures)?
: Against Joe I was already half
knocked out. With this it was my mistake, pure and
: Did ring rust or the pressure
to perform play into your last two losses? Or the fact that you
couldn't train with your regular partners at ATT?
: Maybe a little ring rust. I am
not injured after this fight, so I hope to be on the June 15th card
to redeem myself.
: Your ATT teammate, JZ, also
dropped his match to Aoki. What did you think about his fight?
: Aoki won fair and square, but in
my opinion this second fight should not even have happened. ‘JZ'
should have been in the second round already.
: You're coming off two losses
now. Where do you go from here? What's next for you?
: I go straight to the gym and back
to the ring. Training is the best thing to do at this point.