José Peñaloza’s cauliflower ear explodes during fight – WATCH
José Peñaloza showed up to work with a badge of honor on Friday night, but it was that same badge that cost him the fight.
Cauliflower ear explosion is not your typical cause for a fight stoppage, but when referee Luis Cobian saw that the 28-year-old fighter from Mexico was not defending himself, and a pool of blood soon followed, the bout was stopped.
Peñaloza was fighting Dorian Ramos in the main event of Ultimate Warrior Challenge’s UWC 43 in Tijuana when the medical incident occurred. The referee was forced to step in to wave off the bout which aired live on UFC Fight Pass, giving Ramos the title win at 2:57 of Round 2.
This fight was almost just stopped due to dude’s ear being on the verge of exploding #UWC43 pic.twitter.com/T4SgIgMSHQ
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 29, 2023
And then it happened
TKO due to ear explosion. #UWC43 pic.twitter.com/yiMFaZBOsJ
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 29, 2023
Cauliflower ear is a deformity of the outer ear that may occur after injury to the ear.
Cauliflower ear may occur when blood that collects in the outer ear after an injury isn’t drained properly or becomes infected. Common causes include injuries from sports, such as wrestling, boxing, or mixed martial arts.
If the initial injury is ignored, cartilage in the outer ear may then overgrow, resulting in a bulbous deformity on the ear.
Ramos improved his record to 6-1 while Peñaloza dropped to 3-2 with the stoppage.
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