Greg Jackson insists Andrei Arlovski doesn’t have a weak chin despite string of knockout losses

Famed MMA coach, Greg Jackson has today spoke on behalf of former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski, insisting the Belarusian doesn’t have a weak chin despite picking up yet another knockout loss inside the cage.

Jackson, speaking via Sherdog.com, said:

“I think he’s going to come back a better fighter. You have to remember I’m a diehard optimist. It’s really hard to discourage me or tell me it shouldn’t be done or it can’t be done. I’m a guy that I think I know what to do to fix it. I’m going to try everything I can to do that.”

“He kind of hesitated standing in front of [Kharitonov] and was grabbing around the neck and doing stuff that we hadn’t planned. For me, that’s part of the learning process. It didn’t go our way because we made some fundamental mistakes that we weren’t supposed to make. Of course you don’t want to stand in front of Kharitonov no matter who you are. He’s got bombs in either of those hands of his. We were doing very, very well following the game plan and we kind of had a lapse.”

“He got hit really hard by ‘Bigfoot’ Silva as well. He was taking some hard shots and was able to weather that storm. He lost the decision of course, but still, he took some shots and was able to hang in there. It’s just these guys that he’s fighting, if you make one mistake with any of them, you’re going to get eaten.”

“I’m really identifying the mistake. It went a little deeper than I thought it did. Identifying that mistake and changing what we do there is going to be a big, important factor. I don’t think he has a weak chin. I think he’s fighting in a heavyweight division where these guys would knock down a house if they hit it. I really learned a lot about Andrei and what we need to change and do differently. I don’t discourage easily. I want to go right back to the drawing board and attack what I think we need to attack to make him a better fighter.”

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