Cauliflower ear has become a normal part of combat sports.
When you see a MMA fighter, Boxer, or Wrestler walking around with cauliflower ear you don’t think much about it.
Cauliflower ear occurs when the ear develops a blood clot or fluid build up under a layer of tissue in the ear. It is usually caused by blunt trauma.
MMA fighters and wrestler are the most notorious when it comes to cauliflower ear. For someone that isn’t familiar with it you will immediately think they were born with some kind of deformation. If the blood is not drained immediately then the deformation will be permanent.
A lot of fighters chose not to drain it. Randy Couture, BJ Penn, and Matt Lindland are all fighters that had some pretty crazy looking cauliflower ear, but they never had it explode in the middle of a fight.
Cauliflower exploding in the middle of a fight isn’t anything new, but when Leslie Smith stepped into the Octagon in 2014 she easily had the craziest looking ear explosion.
Smith was fighting Jessica Eye in the UFC when a right hand popped the cauliflower ear.
Blood shot out and it was one of the craziest things you will see during a fight. Afterwards her ear began to separate and the bout had to be stopped.
Other cauliflower ear incidents that have occured are James Thomson vs. Kimbo Slice. This is one of the most popular because it happened on CBS. Kimbo Slice connected with a punch that popped Thomson’s massive cauliflower ear, but unlike Smith’s the explosion wasn’t huge.
Kasuzhi Sakuraba also had his ear pop in a fight against Marius Zaromskis. The pop wasn’t crazy, but the aftermath was insane. Sakuraba’s ear started to become detached and the bout had to be stopped.
Smith takes the cake, however, because not only did her ear pop in amazing fashion it also started to become detached.
Check out the video and let us know if you’ve seen a worse cauliflower ear explosion.