After following everything MMA for the last few years we’ve seen some pretty egregious sucker punch knockouts. These violations of stated rules, good sportsmanship, and the social contract itself seem to pop up every now and then, and sometimes you can’t help but wonder how some of these people have stayed out of prison long enough to become MMA fighters. But this one…it’s unbelievable. We don’t know who these guys are, but by the look of it they appear to be fighting for some kind of belt in a cage that’s only slightly larger than a phone booth. After a nose-to-nose staredown, the fighter with the Chuck-hawk gets the bright idea to blow his opponent a kiss. What he didn’t know was that he was blowing that kiss to a complete sociopath.
So what makes this worse than sucker punches of the past, like Heath Herring’s swipe at Yoshihiro Nakao? We’re glad you asked…
For one thing, Nakao actually, physically kissed Herring. He invaded the man’s space and initiated the contact. While Herring overreacted, at least he did so after being touched. This guy reacts violently to one of the least offensive hand gestures we can think of.
The worst part is, all he had to do was wait a couple of seconds before that punch would have gone from a ban-worthy act to a celebrated one. That’s what’s so infuriating about it. You’re about to fight the guy anyway. It’s not as if you’re letting him get away with something if you don’t punch him right then.
But that’s what defines a sucker punch – hitting someone when they aren’t defending themselves. It’s a punk move, and we hope it gets this particular punk blacklisted.