Anyone who has ever been inside the ring recognizes the significance of the neck. It is inevitable that all fighters will eventually get hit. Even the best defense will not deter all incoming shots. With that in mind, a strong neck can certainly help to absorb some of the punishment. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who disagrees with this simple notion.
Yet, recognizing the importance of the neck does not always equate to making time to train the neck. Over the years, I have seen countless fighters who disregard the neck entirely. Some complain that they are fearful of bridging and others don’t have a weighted harness to use. Fortunately, if you’ve ever used either excuse, there are other options available.