Why is Conor McGregor's Ear Like That? | Easily Explained

Whenever Conor McGregor is seen on TV many fans' eyes immediately lock on to his deformed ear.

In this page, we will explain why Conor McGregor has a unique looking ear, what caused it, and if it's a common injury in MMA.

    Why is Conor McGregor's Ear Like That?

    Conor McGregor has a cauliflower ear, something that is common for MMA fighters to have, which develops when the external part of the ear receives trauma and a blood clot is developed.

    In MMA, cauliflower ears most often occur when grappling, wrestling, and even in the clinch.

    Grappling And Cauliflower Ears

    When grappling, fighters are constantly fighting for the better position, and a big part of winning the position battle is head placement.

    Grapplers are constantly rubbing heads (both purposefully and accidentally) and the ears are on the receiving end of the trauma.

    When enough trauma occurs against the ear, the ear will fill up with blood, and if the blood is not drained, it will harden and create a cauliflower-ed ear.

    Conor McGregor's BJJ Rank

    McGregor is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one belt before the Black Belt rank.

    Seeing as how on average it takes 6-8 years to become a brown belt, it's safe to say that McGregor has put hundreds if not thousands of hours on the mat.

    Why is it Called Cauliflower Ear?

    It's due to the ear deforming and resembling the vegetable, cauliflower.

    cauliflower vegetable

    Is Cauliflower Ear Reversible?

    Once a cauliflower ear develops, it's not reversible, which is why it's so important for fighters who develop it to take care of it instantly.

    Unfortunately, the hard truth is that many MMA fighters who start their careers as MMA amateurs don't get paid much, and once they've made it as a professional, they typically don't get paid a life-changing amount of money until after their first contract ends.

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