During the infamous Strikeforce brawl in Nashville where Nick Diaz et. al jumped Jason “Mayhem” Miller inside the cage, Gus Johnson said the line that has, for better or worst, became part of mixed martial arts lexicon: “Sometimes these things happen in MMA.”

In this week’s edition of “Sometimes these things happen in MMA,” we are going to take a look back at one of the most painful moves ever pulled off in an MMA match: The Big Daddy Nut Crusher.

Yes, you red that right. I don’t know if their is really a name for this technique, but I’m going with it just because it sounds awesome.

Flashback to 1997. The International Vale Tudo Championship held its first eight-man, one night tournament in Brazil. Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge made quick work of his first two opponents of the night; he defeated Augusto Menezes Santos and Cal Worsham in a combined 75 seconds. Goodridge then found himself in the finals of the tournament against Pedro Otavio, or as he’s known as in Brazil, “The Pedro.”

I guess whenever he was born there were no other Pedro’s in the world; he was THE Pedro. Well, probably not. Moving along…

Here’s a little background on the rules in the IVC’s first card. Basically, there were none. You couldn’t eye poke or bite. There may have been another rule or two, but it really doesn’t matter for the sake of this story.

The Pedro had a little rougher time earning his spot in the finals. It took him over 18 minutes to defeat Brian Keck and almost nine minutes to take out Andre Cardoso.

The fight between Goodridge and The Pedro was a grueling affair. Both men exchanged punches, head butts, and submission attempts for a good portion of the tussle. Towards the end of the fight, The Pedro was working from inside Goodridge’s guard. To keep him away, Goodridge put his foot inside the cup of The Pedro and used it to keep him at bay.

Now, don’t think for one second we’re done talking about The Pedro’s manhood.

Shortly after Goodridge’s unique way of keeping his opponent away from him, The Pedro got back to his feet, and the referee shortly thereafter stood up Goodridge to end the stall the fighters were in. Now on their feet, Goodride initiated a clinch with The Pedro.

Now here is where things get crazy.

From the clinch, Goodridge reached down The Pedro’s tights, got in behind his cup, and squeezed a hand-full of The Pedro’s nuts. The Pedro screamed from the pain, then looked at the referee for help. The referee basically shrugged his shoulders, suggesting “What the hell do you want me to do?” because there was absolutely nothing illegal about what Goodridge did. The referee then told the fighters to continue.

It was all downhill for The Pedro and his poor, poor testicles from there. Goodridge started a relentless assault against the man who was now singing soprano. Goodridge landed a few punches, a knee to the head, and some ground-and-pound before The Pedro finally said “no more.”

You could hear the crowd was incredibly pissed at the outcome of the fight. They threw random objects into the ring as the referee raised Goodridge’s hand in victory and became the first ever IVC tournament winner.

Of course, now there are rules in place to protect the manhood of the fighters who compete in MMA. But it’s fights like these that remind us of the good ‘ole days before stupid athletic commissions and sanctioning bodies got involved in the sport.

They don’t happen anymore, but sometimes these things did happen in MMA. And regardless if you’ll admit it or not, you know you miss those days.

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Jason Lundgren

I have been an MMA reporter/opinion writer for over 10 years. I play WAY too many video games. I'm not on Twitter much, but follow me @JLundgrenSports