Rabbit punch

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This article is about the illegal boxing move. For the 1948 cartoon, see Rabbit Punch.

A rabbit punch is a blow to the neck or to the base of the skull.[citation needed] It is considered especially dangerous because it can damage the cervical vertebrae and subsequently the spinal cord, which may lead to serious and irreparable spinal cord injury. A rabbit punch can also detach the victim's brain from the brain stem,[citation needed] which can kill instantly.

The punch's name is derived from the use of the technique by hunters to kill rabbits with a quick, sharp strike to the back of the head.[1]

Combat sports[edit]

The rabbit punch is illegal in boxing,[2] MMA,[3] and other combat sports[4] that involve striking. The only exceptions are no-holds-barred events such as the International Vale Tudo Championship (prior to rule changes in mid-2012).[5]