Fighters shouldn't be criticized, even if they've lost four straight bouts and been violently knocked out in three of those four defeats.
That's according to Andrei Arlovski's manager Leo Khorlinsky, who takes critics to task for writing off the former UFC heavyweight champion following his knockout loss to Sergei Kharitonov in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament back in February.
"The Pitbull" is expected to try to win his first fight in almost three years when he takes on a yet-to-be-named opponent on the Aug. 27 ProElite card recently announced for the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
ProElite hasn't been involved in combat sports since 2008 when EliteXC, the Titanic of mixed martial arts, was sunk by a bearded iceberg and sank on national television.
Strikeforce later gobbled up some of its spare parts and left the gristle for Stratus Media Group, Inc., who now looks to return to MMA with Arlovski at the helm.
And Khorlinsky tells FC Fighter that he doesn't want to hear about the Belarusian's chin:
"I don’t think much of these critics. I’m very skeptical of what they say because the minute you’re on top, they’re your biggest advocate, and the minute you fall down they become your critics. To me these people don’t really mean much you know? You can talk about chins, you can talk about that, but I haven’t seen a single person to date who could take a punch right on the chin and not go down. Everybody goes down. He’s not ready to hang it up. Obviously these world famous trainers like Greg Jackson see something that these critics don’t see, as otherwise why would they be wasting their time with Andrei?"
The win, his first in almost five years, gives fans a reason to believe Arlovski can also get back on track.
The difference is "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" was competitive while losing fights, and outside of his drubbing at the hands of Chuck Liddell, was never stopped due to strikes.
In this case, Arlovski is more in line with someone like Wanderlei Silva or the aforementioned "Iceman."
Does "The Pitbull" have a weak chin? Khorlinksy says no, he only gets knocked out because he constantly gets punched square in the jaw by giant men.
I'm not sure which is worse.
Where do you stand in this debate? Should Arlovski hang 'em up and preserve his longterm health? Or go out on his shield in an attempt to prove he's still got the goods?