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MMA Doctor: Behind the Iron Chin

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fighting Insider reveals the myth behind the 'iron chin', and if it can really make a MMA fighter invincible to punches in the head.

Tito Ortiz recently had his victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132. Looking at the MMA veteran, one of his awe-inspiring qualities is his unbelievably mammoth head. But despite its aesthetic qualities, his cranium’s superhuman proportion can make him almost invincible in the Octagon. However, a strangely enlarged cranium doesn’t give a fighter infallible protection against knockout.

But if it’s not the said ‘iron chin’ that can make a MMA fighter invincible in the cage, what then? The answer lies on Sternocleidomastoid muscles.

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