A UFC cage fight had to be stopped by a doctor after one of the fighters landed a punch on her opponent that made her ear explode.
The bout between Jessica Eye, 28, and Leslie Smith at the UFC 180 match at Mexico City Arena on Saturday was stopped 90 seconds into the second round after the ear was ripped open.
Fans witnessed the gruesome sight of blood spurting into the air as Eye, from Ohio, landed a right-hand punch on Smith’s cauliflower ear.
The 32-year-old said: ‘I could still see. I still had my hands. I wanted to fight. I’m disappointed. It wasn’t the way I wanted that fight to end. I wish my ear hadn’t done that. Man, that ear was a bummer.’
She explained that she had been draining the cauliflower ear every night and said that it now looked ‘pretty gnarly’.
Her opponent told Eurosport: ‘When I connected and saw her ear blow up, that became my main target. I was going to keep hitting it until they stopped the fight or it fell off.