Keith Hackney

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Keith Hackney
Born (1958-04-15) April 15, 1958 (age 59)
Roselle, Illinois, U.S.
Other names "The Giant Killer"
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Fighting out of Illinois, U.S.
Team Hackney Combat Academy MMA
Rank black belt in Kenpo Karate
black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 1994–1995 MMA
Mixed martial arts record
Total 4
Wins 2
By knockout 1
By submission 1
Losses 2
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Keith Hackney (born 1958 in Roselle, Illinois) is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter. He competed in two Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments.


Hackney started training martial arts at the age 11 by learning wrestling, boxing and tang soo do.[1] Two years later he began learning the art of taekwondo and eventually received a second degree black belt. In 1990, he furthered his martial arts training by beginning to train White Tiger Kenpo Karate.

In 1994, Hackney was contacted by Art Davie for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was slated to compete at the UFC 3 tournament, where he entered as an alternate to one of the original players. In his first match, Hackney faced 616-ib sumo champion Emmanuel Yarborough, but he overcame the size difference by attacking fast and aggressively, knocking Yarborough down with a palm strike. Yarborough got up and pushed Hackney through the cage door, but once the fight was restarted, Keith followed with a flurry of punches to the top and back of the head, making the referee stop the fight. Hackney left the cage with an injured wrist, however, and was forced to abandon the tournament.[2]

Hackney returned at UFC 4, where he faced Joe Son in a fight made infamous by the UFC rule from the time which allowed groin strikes. Keith was taken down and endangered with a guillotine choke, but he resorted to punch repeatedly Son's groin in order to make him release the hold. After several blows Hackney could reposition over Son, and he then dug his fingers in his opponent's carotid artery in a form of blood choke, making him tap out.[1][3][4] The kenpo practitioner advanced in the tournament, going to face UFC 1 and 2 winner Royce Gracie at the next round.

Pitted against Royce, Hackney managed to resist some initial takedowns, even getting a clean sprawl in an instance, and landed multiple shots through the attempts.[5] After exchanging knees, Gracie pulled guard and attempted a triangle choke, only for Hackney to stand and land a right hand which marked Royce's face. At the end, however, Royce got the armbar and made him tap out.[1]

His last MMA fight would be at the event Ultimate Ultimate 1995, where he fought Marco Ruas in a losing effort.

Hackney has appeared in four movies: Superfights, Cut, Thrust and Pump.[6]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2-2 Marco Ruas Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 2:39 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 2-1 Royce Gracie Submission (armbar) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 5:32 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2-0 Joe Son Submission (groin strikes) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 2:44 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1-0 Emmanuel Yarborough TKO (punches) UFC 3 September 9, 1994 1 1:59 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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