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MarkHuntsNoggin 06-24-2011 11:58 AM

What makes a good chin?
For a few years I have been tryting to find attributues that make a good chin.. At first I thought it was a big head but now I think that has barely anything to do with it. I am now thinking that having a big thick neck and back are more to do with it, as well as self confidence.

For example fighters with big heads that seem to not be able to take a good shot

Houston Alexander
Sean Salmon

Fighters with small heads that can take a shot
Junior Dos Santos
Frankie Edgar
Bart Palaszewski
Thiago Alves

There are plently examples of fighters with big heads that can take a punch, and small heads that can't also.. I am just struggling to find the correlation between head size and being able to take a punch....

I beleive it has to do more with neck size.. For example alot of fighters with good chins have big thick necks

James Toney, Holyfield, Tyson, Chris Leben, Mark Hunt, Shane Carwin, Thiago Alves

And fighters with lanky necks that can not. Stefan Struve, Kendall Grove etc...

Any opinions??? Looking for your opinion

beardsleybob 06-24-2011 12:17 PM

Surely it's got something to do with skull density. Why would a strong neck stop your brain getting smashed?

MarkHuntsNoggin 06-24-2011 01:01 PM

It helps the brain from rattling back and forth... A sturdy neck helps keeps your head from violently thrashing around when getting hit...

Dos Santos is the best example, he has a small-medium sized head, a thick neck and an excellent chin

I for one have a giant head and a skinny neck, so I will be working on my neck

Spec0688 06-24-2011 06:02 PM

Brock has a good chin, don't know what you're talking about. He has taken the hardest shots from everyone and has only been really rocked once, by Cain. That shot he received from Cain would stun anyone because it hit the perfect spot to make your equilibrium go off.

The problem with Brock is not his chin, it's how he reacts to shots.

kantowrestler 06-24-2011 09:20 PM

I think it has more to do with just how your chin is then anything else. Some people have strong chins and others have weak chins. It might have to do with genetics more then anything.

oldfan 06-24-2011 09:28 PM

Joe lewis told me it's all a strong neck. he also told me when fighting people with big strong necks to hit them in the nose first. Nobody has a strong nose. and a broken nose tends to weaken the chin.

kantowrestler 06-24-2011 09:48 PM

You talked to Joe Lewis? This was before he died right? But the nose things made sense.

oldfan 06-24-2011 10:04 PM


Originally Posted by kantowrestler (Post 1430272)
You talked to Joe Lewis? This was before he died right? But the nose things made sense.

you might be thinking of Joe Louis.

anderton46 06-24-2011 10:23 PM

Seeing as most one punch ko's are hooks that snap the neck right or left i'd assume its just that, the necks ability to stop the head rotating quickly. So the bigger the neck the less the neck is going to snap.

kantowrestler 06-24-2011 10:53 PM

Well does that mean Chuck had a thicker neck before? You have to remember that age also is a factor. And wearing overtime.

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