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Old 06-25-2011, 01:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree ^^^

I do believe that that age has a factor as well.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Another fighter with an excellent chin, not a big head and a thick neck is Nate Marquardt.. He has only been stopped by Anderson by TKO
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah, and I think that loss was more psychological than anything else. Just because a fighter can't take a punch doesn't mean he has a weak chin. It's more a matter of they don't like getting punched.
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Old 06-25-2011, 05:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Not getting hit on the chin makes a good chin.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
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^ Not getting hit is definitely the main objective

Having a big head might let the impact of the blow be spread over a larger surface thus weakening the blow slightly, but a strong neck keeps the head in place and keeps the brain from rattling back and forth violently.

SO idealy you would want a Big head, Thick neck, great movement, and self confidence. But i believe the biggest factors are neck strength, movement, and a little self confidence.
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Todd Duffee has a hughe head and a huge neck so he ruins both criteria lol..
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Well I personally don't think it solely has to do with big heads or bit necks. I think there is a combination of various factors that contribute to a knockout. A big head or strong neck can help someone but it won't be a foolproof plan.
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Not sure if i buy into the whole self confidence thing. No idea how that has to do with anything. It may appear people with high self confidences are harder to knockout but they probably have high self confidences in the first place because well... they are hard to knockout and therefore are more aggressive.

Physically, I think it has to do with the size of the head, neck, and traps. Wear and tear and age are also fairly big factors along with the fact that some brains have higher tolerances to being shut off.

JDS does not have a small head btw
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Its posture, your stance has everything to do with how you absorb a punch. Some fighters have a better chin than others but generally speaking, you can throw a strike that would absolutely KO me but if Im in the right stance I can absorb it.


Hands up chin down, Jim says he cant watch most MMA events because few fighters in the UFC use their stand up correctly and I agree.
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Nothing to do with the actual size of the skull. It has to do with neck and shoulder muscles that can hold your head in place when struck and prevent it from snapping back and forth throwing your brain against your skull.

Nothing can "improve" your chin, but you can help it along, but the biggest thing that goes into creating a great chin is head movement, it doesn't matter who you are, if you get hit clean you're going out.

Now recovery time from getting hit is a whole different ball game. For example, Henderson doesn't have great head movement but when he is hit he recovers very quickly, meaning if if he is wobbled, guys don't jump on him because he isn't out of it long enough.
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