Posted by Pookie
To be fair, other than chuck(who had his hands low to prevent takedowns, and payed for it against strikers), Anderson, Ali, and Diaz all have tremendous/comically long arms, and could get away with it because getting their opponent to engage them and come forward is exactly what they want.
In this fight Brown has a huge reach advantage over Wonderboy, and for a fighter who's primarily a kicker, having your opponent continuously pressure you while your hands are down is definitely a bad tactic.
I'm not saying that "keep your hands up" is bad advice. I come from a pretty heavily boxing-centered gym.
I just think it's strange when people (usually not pro-fighters) feel like they can/should give that advice to pro's in the UFC. It's like when people criticize Peyton Manning for screwing up a pass. It might be "your right as a fan" but it still sounds pretty dumb. Especially in this case where its such an obvious bit of advise.
Chances are that they've heard it before. Lots of martial arts (like Karate where Thompson comes from) don't believe in keeping your hands on your chin. They use movement to avoid punches.
Also, because he's a kicker, he'll be out of Brown's punching range most times during the fight.
Also, like you mentioned, some guys use it as a tactic to draw people in because they have confidence in their head movement.