Female UFC Fighter’s Ear Explodes, Makes You Wonder Why This Is Still A Sport
Female UFC fighting is one of the great conundrums. On one hand you don't want to say that females can't compete in any sport that men can compete in -- but on the other, wow, what an ugly spectacle.
It may be the single biggest reason that UFC will never truly be a major mainstream sport, because watching this video just makes you sick. On Saturday Jessica Eye met Leslie Smith at UFC 180, which was the only female bout on the card. And this happened:
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(Warning: pretty gruesome injury here. Not for everyone).
Eye won the bout, obviously, but not before three things happened. First, Eye delivered a blow to Smith's left ear that drew blood. In UFC, that's a big "Eh ..." Then, another blow made the ear "burst", according to MMA Fighting. But still the fight was not stopped.
It was only after the third punch, in which Smith's ear was nearly torn from her head, that the bout was halted.
Between rounds, the doctors looked at Smith's ear, which had been burst open from lingering cauliflower ear. The fight was allowed to continue.
Smith's ear popped open again and leaked a huge amount of deep red blood. Referee Herb Dean temporarily halted the action and had the ringside physician inspect the wound. Despite Smith's protests, the bout was called to a halt.
As incredibly crazy as this sounds, this is actually the result of a sport that has "cleaned up its image" since the 1990s. You may recall that Sen. John McCain tried to ban the sport from TV in all 50 states when a UFC video happened to cross his desk in 1996. Eventually he was successful, but instead of the sport going away, promoters adjusted the rules to make it a bit more palatable.
If not for that, UFC could have gone really, really haywire. Here are some real ideas by early promoters:
* Electric fences. Yep.
* Alligators. In a moat surrounding the ring. With no fence. ALLIGATORS.
Read this account from UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie: "We thought of a moat with alligators. We thought of an arena with sharks around. We seriously thought about an electric fence. But we couldn't in case one guy pushed the other into the moat and he'd get chewed up. We laughed at it, but in Hollywood your mind travels and we just thought of every different possibility... Eventually I settled on the Octagon."
* UFC president Dana White lured star fighter Tito Ortiz back to UFC by agreeing to go three rounds against him. And I think we've just found a way for President Obama to get more cooperation from Congress.
McCain has called the sport "human cockfighting", but that's not really accurate -- roosters and pit bulls are forced to fight, but humans have a choice. But choice goes two ways. Methinks that choice might one day extend to state governments who will take a second look and decide that civilized human beings should not act this way.
Meanwhile, Leslie Smith has donated to the Severed Extremity Hall of Fame, where it will be displayed next to Evander Holyfield's ear, Jose Canseco's middle finger, and this:
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