Whether it was Matt Hughes recovering from a knee to the crotch to retain his UFC Welterweight Championship against Frank Trigg or seeing Joe Son endure repeated, intentional punches to the nether region, groin strikes have surprisingly produced many of the most memorable moments in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.
While the rules surrounding groin strikes have changes drastically since Keith Hackney legally blasted Son with them at UFC 4, fan perspective on them has not differed in the slightest. While fans can sympathize with recipients of accidental low blows, they also can't help but wait in anticipation for a replay.
With poorly placed inside leg kicks being the most prolific culprit, accidental groin strikes have become a common and unfortunate part of MMA. Of all the nut shots that have happened in the UFC over the years, here are 12 of the worst.