If you try this at home, you WILL regret it!
Located beneath the right lung and protected by the rib cage on that side of the body, the liver is the second largest organ in the body and has over 500 functions, leading to it holding about 13% of a person’s total blood supply at any given moment.
In other words, the liver is a pretty big deal, and as such it doesn’t like being interfered with.
It’s a punch that has to be thrown with real precision and power to achieve the desired effect, but when it lands, the effects are devastating.
When the liver is hit it triggers a chain-reaction of events, causing a sudden dilation of blood vessels throughout the body at the same time as a sudden drop in heart rate, together with a dramatic dip in blood pressure.
In an effort to address this alarming set of events, the brain reacts swiftly, forcing the body into a prone position in an attempt to ensure that blood can still flow to it.
This all happens automatically and is completely involuntary, leaving the recipient incapacitated and powerless to do anything about it.
Fighters who have been victim to this often say it feels like they no longer have control of their body, and in extreme cases it can also render them unconscious.
That’s why the liver shot is regarded as one of the deadliest in all of combat sports, and is a proven fight-ender, as the unfortunate guy in this video discovers for himself.
Despite his meaty mid-section, the moment the punch lands he lets out an involuntary groan and collapses to the ground, where he remains for well over a minute, essentially powered down in survival mode while his body recovers.
So there you have it – liver shots are indeed as brutal as advertised. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!