Clay Guida, Rick Story and the 10 Best Chins in the UFC
Lightweight contender Clay "The Carpenter" Guida has put on several Fight of the Night performances due to his relentless pressure and ability to take punishment. It will be on full display when he takes on WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis at Ultimate Fight Night this weekend.
The lightweight matchup will be the main event of the Spike TV card, and it's a possible fight of the year candidate.
Fighters with the best chins always put on the best fights. They get hit enough to show they have a good chin, and they are able to take the shot that would knock many people out, giving them more reasons to give what they take back to their opponent.
These are the 10 best chins inside the UFC right now.
No. 10: Roy Nelson
After dropping back-to-back defeats to Frank Mir and Junior dos Santos, one thing is for certain: Nelson has one of the best chins in the heavyweight division.
Santos only has one decision win in his career, and it was Nelson that took him the distance. He took three rounds of uppercuts and brutal punishment before losing a unanimous decision.
In his fight with Mir, he was hit with numerous knees and punches by the former heavyweight champion and survived long enough to go the distance.
No. 9: Rick Story
Rick Story is one of UFC's top welterweights, and he has the chin and determination to take him to the top.
He defeated Thiago Alves this past weekend, and he can credit his rock-solid chin for making it through the dangerous Muay Thai striking of Alves.
Since his UFC debut, which he lost to John Hathaway, he has gone 6-0, defeating fighters like Alves, Johny Hendricks and Dustin Hazelett. He also had a tough fight versus Brian Foster, which earned him Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses.
Possible future opponents include Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, BJ Penn and current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
No. 8: Diego Sanchez
Former lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez has put his chin on display more than once.
In fights with John Hathaway and Martin Kampmann, Sanchez displayed his heart and chin to go the distance with both.
He lost the Hathaway bout but won the fight with Kampmann. Bloodied and bruised but not beaten, Sanchez is always in the fight and survived the technical and precise striking of the "Hitman" to win a close decision.
His next fight will be against former champion Matt Hughes.
No. 7: Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit's chin was tested more than once in his fight with hard-punching Jake Ellenberger, who has 16 knockouts out of 25 wins.
Ellenberger destroyed Mike Pyle, John Howard and Sean Pierson, but he couldn't stop the former WEC champion even though he landed blow after blow in the first round, dropping Condit more than once. Condit rallied in the second and third rounds to win a split decision.
With five losses on his record, none have come by knockout. His 3-1 record inside the UFC includes wins over Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald and Dan Hardy.
Condit's next bout will be against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 132.
No. 6: Clay Guida
With 11 losses on his record, Clay Guida can be proud of the fact that he has never been knocked out.
In the 2009 fight of the year, Guida and Diego Sanchez fought three rounds of intense back-and-forth action before Guida lost a split decision.
He was dropped numerous times by strikes, including a vicious kick to the head that put him flat on his back. He recovered quickly and survived long enough to get in his own strikes before the end of the third round.
His next bout will be against WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis on June 4th.
No. 5: Jon Fitch
Anyone who is considered a "grinder" needs to have a good chin, and Jon Fitch certainly does. In his last nine bouts, he has gone 20 rounds and was only dropped in his title fight with Georges St. Pierre.
He took the champion the distance but lost a unanimous decision. It was a dominant win for the pound-for-pound champ, and Fitch was forced to go back and rebuild his winning streak. Tough fights with Mike Pierce and BJ Penn followed.
A potential fight between Fitch and Story could be an intriguing battle that many fans would want to see.
No. 4: Anderson Silva
When UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva defended his title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, nobody expected the pound-for-pound king to have to take four-and-a-half rounds of punishment before pulling off one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
Before Silva snatched the last-minute triangle choke, Sonnen landed 320 strikes, according to FightMetric. Almost all of them were delivered on the ground, but there were several times Silva was tagged on the feet. He was even rocked with a right hand early in the fight.
Out of all the current champions, Silva has the best chin, and it will help him if he plans a permanent move to the light-heavyweight division.
No. 3: Quinton Jackson
Former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has a granite chin, and it's something that intimidates many of his opponents and always has.
He may have taken one of the hardest shots ever to not put someone down when he took a right hand from Wanderlei Silva in their second bout while he was fighting in Pride. He was quickly finished soon after, but it was one of the hardest punches he ever took.
Three of his losses have been by TKO, and they were to Silva and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. It takes a lot to put Jackson away, and those fights proved it.
No. 2: BJ Penn
Former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight Champion BJ "The Prodigy" Penn has only been finished twice in his career.
With a 16-7-2 record, Penn has fought nobody but the best fighters in the world since the beginning of his career, including Georges St. Pierre, Matt Hughes, Frankie Edgar, Lyoto Machida and Jon Fitch.
It would be hard to find anytime that Penn had ever been rocked by a punch. He has taken a fair amount of punishment in fights with St. Pierre and Hughes, but he was never close to being knocked out. He was stopped in his second fight with both.
No. 1: Chris Lytle
With 18 losses on his record, many would expect Chris Lytle to have a few knockout losses here and there. He actually has none other than two by cut stoppage. He also has never been submitted. Sixteen of his losses are by decision.
Lytle has rarely been rocked, and he showed off how good his chin is in bouts with Joe Riggs, Paul Taylor, Brian Ebersole, Marcus Davis and Thiago Alves.
He has been the winner of five Fight of the Night awards, one Knockout of the Night award and two Submission of the Night awards.