Slap in the face: Da Crazy Hawaiian, rising slap fight star

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In this March 7, 2020, handout photo provided by Punch Down, Przemyslay "Sutek" Sutkowski, left, and Lukasz "Dunaj" Dunajko compete in the Punch Down slap fight event in Poznan, Poland. Slap fighting, the art of striking another fighter with an open hand for sport, is the latest head-turning spectacular. (Wojciech Rogowski/PunchDown via AP)

The future of slap fighting in the United States -- UFC President Dana White is an advocate of the sport -- just might be in the palm of the Da Crazy Hawaiian’s hand.

Slap fighting, yes the art of striking another fighter with an open hand for sport, is the latest head-turning spectacular.

“Some people just need to be slapped,” Da Crazy Hawaiian said.

Trying to poke fun at the slap-until-you're-knocked out-sport would be, yes, a slap in the face to the Da Crazy Hawaiian.

He might take offense, but Layne Kailiilauokekoa Viernes — his actual name — can handle the pain.

He has has dished out the fiercest open-hand smacks in the United States in his bid to be the most punishing slapper in slap fighting.

The soundtrack from his highlight reel of slaps sounds like the constant cracking of a bullwhip and he’s used his heavy hand of justice to defeat every cherry-cheeked challenger in his path.

“I’m putting my head on the line,” Viernes said. “I want to be a pioneer in the sport.”