Keith Hackney's defense against a guillotine choke, evidently, is to repeatedly punch his opponent's scrotum. Photo Courtesy/mixedmartialarts.com.
If you did not cringe just reading those two words, you are probably not a man.
Groin shots, unfortunately, are very common in MMA, though they are unintentional a vast majority of the time. While men often laugh at that sort of hit, be it in fighting or otherwise, we all secretly feel sympathy for the victim. After all, they hurt a whole lot.
Some fighters, though, seem to make a habit out of working over an opponent's squishier bits. When this writer was considering who to slot in as MMA's foremost practitioner of the knapsack attack, a few names crossed the mind including Cheick Kongo, Donald Cerrone and Alex Caceres. However, they cannot hold a candle to Keith Hackney, whose entire MMA career was defined by his merciless delivery of premature comeuppance on Joe Son's man parts.
For those who have not heard of Keith Hackney, that is understandable. He fought in both UFC 3 and UFC 4, in bouts that can only be viewed as the greatest examples of how far the promotion has come.
In his first bout at UFC 4 with Joe Son, Son had Hackney deep in a guillotine choke, at which point, Hackney decided the best defense against this was to repeatedly punch Son in balls. When I say repeatedly, I mean he landed six wound-up punches with a good bit of time and effort dedicated to each one.
While that was legal in the UFC at the time, no list of dirty mixed martial artists is complete without bringing up Keith Hackney.