MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Bold Statement of the Day: Stefan Struve Knows ‘For a Fact’ That He Has a ‘Really Good Chin’


(Knocks you out in 54 seconds. Calls you “tough as hell” in the post-fight interview.)

During his three-and-a-half-year UFC career, Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve has become known for three things, and three things only:

1) Being so tall that he makes small men look like children, and small women look like toddlers. (Megan! Get off that chair this minute!)

2) Clowning one-dimensional sluggers with his knotty ground-game.

3) Eating overhand rights, then collapsing into a heap, lawn-chair style.

In fact, the combination of Struve’s aggressive grappling, underrated knockout power, and tendency to lose consciousness during fights has made him one of the least decision-prone fighters on the UFC roster; his 8-3 record in the promotion includes only one fight that went the distance, which came in his December 2009 squeaker over Paul Buentello.

But it’s impossible to ignore that the three losses on his record all came from brutal, lights-out, first-round knockouts. Does that worry Struve, who will be entering the cage this Saturday against the heavy-handed (and heavier-elbowed) Stipe Miocic at UFC on FUEL 5 in Nottingham? No, because Struve actually has a great chin, if you think about it. Allow him to explain:

I know for a fact that I’ve got a really good chin,” Struve told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I showed that in multiple fights…The shots that I got hit with by Browne and Nelson would have taken anybody down,” he said. “So that’s not something I really worry about.

I think that when Struve says he “knows for a fact” that he’s got a strong chin, he doesn’t so much know it as believe it despite a lack of physical evidence. Because to believe otherwise would force him to seriously consider his limitations in a way that might affect his confidence on fight night. It’s a little trick that fighters do to keep the nightmares away.

Then again, when Struve says, “The shots that I got hit with by Browne and Nelson would have taken anybody down,” there’s some truth to that, obviously. The 57% knockout ratio in the heavyweight division is no coincidence — most human brains simply aren’t equipped to handle a haymaker from an angry XXXL fist without going into hibernation mode. It’s just that compared to other UFC heavyweights, Struve’s chin doesn’t seem to be any better than the next guy’s.

I mean, we’re not talking about Mark Hunt, here. We’re talking about Stefan Struve — just another big man fighting other big men, who’s already suffered a good deal of scary head trauma in his fight career. So maybe getting his brain turned off in future fights is something he should be worrying about.

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ronburgundy- September 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm
yes, and my cock is huge
Mr_Misanthropy- September 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Stefan Struve is a human Brontosaurus.

He gets KO'ed because he has two brains and the one in his skull is only about as large as a walnut.
FilmDrunk- September 27, 2012 at 9:11 am
"I know for a fact I have a strong chin, it's more the fact that it sticks straight out and is attached to a long, skinny pole with a sign that says 'punch me' on it that's the problem."
Alan K- September 27, 2012 at 9:00 am
So he's saying that those shots that knocked him out don't count towards the toughness of his chin because they would've knocked anybody out?

Um....okay?
algiersheadkick504- September 27, 2012 at 8:13 am
if he actually used his reach like jones or semmy he would be heavyweight champion...i dont think ive ever seen him throw a teep..oh i mean front kicm too the face
Fletch the V Stretch- September 27, 2012 at 7:50 am
While JDS did put a beating on Struve (huge JDS fan here),it was more of an overwhelming attack TKO as opposed to the "brutal, lights-out, first-round knockout" you guys refer to it as. No doubt when he gets hit in the chin he folds like a bad hand in a high stakes game of poker though. By the way, I absolutely love the caption. Well played.
Fried Taco- September 27, 2012 at 7:39 am
Some steroids or testosterone might make that chin grow a little bit bigger, Stefan. Think about it.
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