Getting punched in the face is really common in MMA and boxing. But how do fighters keep standing, even after getting hit in the face?
Professional fighters can keep standing after they get hit because of several reasons. First of all, they are used to getting hit. Their neck strength is also a lot better due to the training they have been doing. Also, people who can not take hits to the face are often not professional fighters.
Let’s dive deeper into different factors that make professional fighters good at taking punches.
How do fighters keep going after getting hit in the face?
There are several different factors that keep professional fighters standing after they get hit. We will go through the most important ones right away.
Training and experience play a huge role when it comes to getting punched in the face. For someone who has never been punched in the head, it doesn’t take a lot to knock them out, or at least make them really uncomfortable.
For professional fighters, getting punched in the head is an everyday grocery. It is part of the game, and it is part of the training. If someone can not handle getting punched in the face after they have been training, they are probably not going to make it to a pro.
On top of that, fighters who get hit and seem unharmed by it could be faking it. If they were to show how hurt they were, their opponents would come and finish them off in no time.
There is no room to show their weakness after they get hit. Just showing how hurt you were could end the fight for you.
Neck strength does also play a role here. Someone who has been practicing martial arts such as MMA or boxing for years, they have been developing their neck muscles all the time.
Not only will getting hit to the face get you more used to that but there are also some exercises you can do to train specifically your neck.
Gloves also play a big role when it comes to comparing boxing and street fighting for example. The pressure per square inch or PSI is smaller when you have larger gloves.
This is because the force is distributed among the larger area. If you were to punch with bare knuckles, the force would be distributed in a smaller area, causing the PSI to be larger.
Of course technique and strength also play a significant role when it comes to PSI, but gloves do also soften the hit.
The mouthpiece is also one of the most significant factors when it comes to avoiding getting knocked out.
Wearing a good mouthpiece will also distribute the energy to a larger area, softening the hit and force coming toward your skull.
Just by wearing a mouthpiece when it comes to a self-defense situation, you can lower the risk of getting knocked out significantly. Also, you can save a lot on dental bills by wearing one.
How do fighters get used to getting hit?
If you see someone fighting on the TV, getting hit multiple times but still standing, there is a reason behind that.
Someone who can not take punches for some reason does not make it to the TV. People who have been training a lot and are talented are the ones who make it to the top.
It is a result of a lot of practice and dedication. Genetics could also play a small role. Someone could have a thicker skull that allows them to keep standing for longer naturally, but most of it comes from practice.
The more you get hit, the more you get used to it. Practice makes perfect.
How do boxers handle getting punched?
Have you ever seen boxers taking a lot of hits to the head and wondered, how did they survive that and kept on going?
Boxers have been training their entire careers to hit and to get hit. If someone can not take a few punches to the face, they probably are not going to make it to professional. People who can learn to take hits, not just deliver them are the ones who you see on TV.
Professional boxers are also taught to not show if they are being hurt. Imagine someone getting punched and they showed their weakness. Their opponent would do everything in their power to finish them off.
So, the next time you see someone unflinching after taking a huge punch to the face, that doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt.
A mouthpiece can also play a big role. Professional fighters have mouthpieces to protect their teeth. This will soften the blow a lot if it was targeted toward their teeth.
Boxing in the ring is also very different from a street fight for example. If you have seen someone drop after one punch in a street fight, there might be several reasons for that.
First of all, they probably are not used to getting hit in the face. Second, they could have been walking or even running toward the punch, increasing the impact of the punch.
Third, they are not wearing boxing gloves. Boxing gloves can make a significant impact. Not only can they make the blow a bit softer, the energy is not as concentrated to a small area such as your fist, but to a larger area, which is the whole glove.
In conclusion, the reason professional fighters can take punches can be put in another way as well: They are professional fighters also because they can take punches and keep on standing.
It comes down to a lot of practicing and softening the blow enough to keep on going.
They might get really hurt, but they can not show it. If they were to show weakness, their opponent would come at them with all their power and finish them off.
Boxing and MMA are not just mindlessly throwing punches around. There is a big mental aspect as well. “Fight IQ” also plays a big role. Not showing you are hurt is a big part of the game.
Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day.