Despite suffering his first career loss at PFL 3 2019, Jordan Johnson still spoke to media to give his thoughts about the fight and what’s next.
Uniondale, NY – Jordan Johnson came into this season of PFL as a favorite, but couldn’t quite impose his game on Maxim Grishin at PFL 3, resulting in a split decision loss. While he doesn’t agree with the scorecards, he knows there’s nothing he can do to change the result.
“I want to give my opinion, but I want it to be clear that I’m not complaining. If I won, I’d stand in front of the cameras. I lost. They said, ‘You don’t have to do this,’ but I’m here. I think I definitely won the first and second rounds. For sure. I think I was winning the third round. I got rocked, so I won maybe four minutes of that round. I get it. It’s combat sports. Judges like that. I won [rounds] one and two, most of three. He got that knockdown. Judges gave it to him. Again, it doesn’t matter what I think. I’m not salty about it. This is my first time standing in front of the cameras as a loser. I’ve lost a lot in wrestling. I’m not going to hang my head about this. I didn’t take any shortcuts, I did everything I could. I’m not going to say could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. But I can’t go back. I can only go forward. That’s it.”
As far as his performance goes, Johnson just wishes he could have done more.
“I’m just not going to be that guy. Maybe it hasn’t hit me yet. But I’ve stood in front of the cameras every time I’ve won. I’m not going to be any different, I’m Jordan Johnson. Win, lose, I gave it my all. There’s nothing to be ashamed of about that… I just wish I hit the gas pedal harder.”
After stating his case, Johnson gave Maxim Grishin credit where credit is due.
“He was slick. He was doing a really good job of getting that single leg and sliding that leg out. My coach mentioned that. I really don’t pay much attention to my opponents. My coach told me about that, we worked on that, and he was good at that.”
A big difference between PFL and other promotions is that win or lose, you’re locked in for the whole year.
“I love that about the PFL. I have a date again. If this was a different organization and I just took this loss, that would be harder, not knowing when I’m going to go again. I’m going to get ready and give it my all again.”
Check out the rest of the post-fight scrum above.