Arlovski: My chin is not weak


Andrei Arlovski appeared recently on Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show ahead of his fight Saturday night with Mike Kyle at World Series of Fighting 5.

“(Mike Kyle) gave some interview and he told that he was going to knock me f---ing out because I have a weak jaw, I have a glass chin," said Arlovski. "I don’t [think] it’s impossible to prove to him that he’s wrong.”

“Somebody asked me yesterday or two days ago [if Kyle’s remarks] pisses you off. Yeah, definitely, it pisses me off, but now I’ve kind of came down. But before, like probably two or three years ago, I was so mad because … in heavyweight division, it doesn’t really matter how strong your chin, because of one punch, one right hard fast punch in the jaw and the fight’s over. But anyway, listen, first of all, I have proved that my chin is okay when I fought first Antonio Silva and he landed a few good right hands straight in my face and I survived. And I survived in my fight against Anthony Johnson. So I guess he’s wrong. If Kyle has only one hope that I have a weak chin, he’s absolutely wrong.”

The talk about Arlovski's chin started when he was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in the first round, back in 2010. Next fight was another first round KO, to Brett Rogers, in 22 seconds. Then there was a decision loss to Bigfoot. and then Arlovski got knocked out by Sergei Kharitonov in the first round.

However, Arlovksi susequently won four straight (and one NC) before losing a decision to Anthony Johnson; Arlovksi didn't quit, despite suffering a broken jaw.

"When I saw Greg Jackson’s face after the first round, yeah. I knew something was wrong," said Arlovski of the Johnson fight. "Obviously I tried to close my mouth and it didn’t happen. I knew something was wrong with my jaw. I didn’t know that I broke my jaw in two places, but yeah.”

"Absolutely not," replied Arlovski on whether he thought of quitting. "I thought everything was going well except I can’t close my mouth. … I thought maybe right now I’m going to have a good punch and I’m going to knock him out. It didn’t happen, but to be honest with you, second, third round, every punch Anthony would throw at my head or in my chest, I felt like electricity -- [like] somebody put electricity in my body. It was so f---ing painful.”

“I flew back to Chicago and I had surgery the next day, so I was with a broken jaw another 24 hours. It was kind of funny like some scary movie. People tried to stop me at the airport and asked about some pictures, autographs and when they saw my face, [they said], ‘OK, never mind. Have a good day.’”

“Everybody asked me, ‘What happened?’ [I say] I was just hit by the car. They say, ‘Wow.’ They probably don’t understand my humor because I have kind of a different sense of humor. … At that time I tried to be positive and I tried to be funny too.”

Listen to entire interview... (2:12:23 mark)
Trasncription courtesy of Sherdog.


tags: WSoF   Andrei Arlovski (detail)  Mike Kyle (detail)  


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The Winter Soldier site profile image  

9/11/13 4:23 PM by The Winter Soldier

War Pit Bull! I Believe!

TampabayMMA site profile image  

9/11/13 2:25 PM by TampabayMMA, please.

Sprawl'n'Stall site profile image  

9/11/13 2:22 PM by Sprawl'n'Stall

Well he hasn't a reputation for a great chin, and, as mentioned already, his offense is great but his defense is subpar, so he gets tagged a lot. And in the HW division, that's an even worse weakness than in any other weightclass.

Jason Reinhardt site profile image  

9/11/13 2:22 PM by Jason Reinhardt

Arlovski, If your chin was truly WEAK, you wouldn't still have a job as a prizefighter for all these years WARRIOR!! Don't listen to any of this BS. Stay off the damn internet, don't listen to negative comments, do your thing you've been doing for years and go get YOUR much DESERVED WIN!! You got this!

Wriggling Grunion site profile image  

9/11/13 2:21 PM by Wriggling Grunion

No one questioned Arlovski's chin due to the Datsik KO. That was a monster shot. The weak chin talk was due to the Ricco & Rizzo stoppages, more specifically the Rizzo one.

TampabayMMA site profile image  

9/11/13 2:17 PM by TampabayMMA

What happened to this site? This thread is a great example. A couple people remember the Sylvia ko, some even the Rizzo tko as a starting point for the Arlovski chin criticism. I'll save this thread further embarassment by reminding everyone that Andrei was ktfod in his pro debut by Datsik...

Domingo site profile image  

9/11/13 2:11 PM by Domingo

Arlovski's chin is no different than most other heavyweights. His issue is that he only goes forward or in reverse, and when he's moving in either direction, he doesn't protect himself.Heavyweights all hit hard enough to KO people. We've seen almost all of the greats get full-on blasted at least once.The key is how often they put themselves in that position, especially when they're in their prime.

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9/11/13 2:11 PM by Jackson_Junior

Bisping can't even KO chuck liddell with his best punch

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9/11/13 1:59 PM by Chaelismyhero

His chin actually is not as bad as everyone says it is. That shot he took from Fedor would knock every human being on the face of Earth out cold. Other that Dan Henderson. Timmeh,Sergei,Rodgers all punch very hard. In the Rizzo fight he was not KO'd.