In the midst of all the discussion about Big Nog's chin, I started thinking, 'Is it his chin or was a just a perfect shot on the perfect spot?' Sure, ability to sustain punishment deteriorate naturally with age, and head traumas do accumulate. But how many fighters can not go down after getting clipped right on the button? Clay Guida, who was known for bouncing back from devastating shots, went down after getting hit by Kenny Florian who was not exactly known for KO power in his hands. (I know it was a
TKO RNC) Same with Kongo who was sent to the canvas after Mir's hook connected. Mir's gotten bigger but I don't believe he has KO power in his hands.
Now here's the question: Can you train for a better chin? Goat Thompson allegedly got his nickname from his early days when he was knocked out all the time. He has since gotten better, so is it true that you can train your chin? (I don't know too much about him, he might be still getting KTFO-ed regularly for all I know, which would make me look like an idiot LOL) I'm no neurological surgeon here, so I'm just guessing here. According to Joe Rogan, having good cardio training and good conditioning would give you a better chin. I can't quite understand the reason behind that. So would an exhausted fighter be much easier to get rocked than a fresher one? Another one I've heard around my gym is fighters who have thicker necks usually have better chin. It is based on the assumption that a fighter's stronger neck muscle would prevent the neck from snapping back as much, thus decrease the degree of impact absorbed.
Now let's hear from my fellow BE-ers!
BTW, Go Canada Go!