Mother of Rugby Player Invented Her Own Cauliflower Ears Protection

Who does not know the cauliflower ears also called wrestler’s ears or another scientific medical term for cauliflower ear – perichondrial hematoma? They are the wrestler’s face. It’s not because they are beautiful as much, but because we recognize a wrestler by the ears first rather than by the face. UFC fighters’ ears are not an exception.

Cauliflower ear in wrestling is not the only area to get them. Playing rugby is also the way.

Irish dental technician Brenda Philips was watching rugby with her son – a rugby player, when she saw one of the players injured by the ear and it burst open. After the idea came to her to create protection for the sportsmens’ ears.

According to Philips, wrestling cauliflower ears have not just an unnormal look, but also regularly hurt, and a re-injury can worsen hearing, which will further complicate the ears’ treatment.

What causes cauliflower ears or why do UFC fighters have weird ears?

Impact sports are the main cause. As well known wrestling training program is usually very intense. In martial arts, the cauliflower ears from wrestling are the most common case.

“As the injury to the ear heals it can shrivel up and fold in on itself and appear pale, giving it a cauliflower-like appearance, hence the term cauliflower ear.” says doctor of osteopathic medicine John P. Cunha.

Ears can be injured by a hit while boxing, MMA or etc., so from tight pinching the head in a hold. The second variant is how BJJ athletes become wrestling cauliflower ears owners. In most cases cauliflower ears from wrestling are irreversible.

UFC Fighters Cauliflower Ears. On photos: Conor McGregor, BJ Penn, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Randy Couture, James Thompson, Alexander Gustafsson, George St-Pierre. Images capture from Google Images

Ear draining is the first treatment that can be done after you feel there is liquid inside the ear. Very often athletes do this procedure by themselves.

Video: “Explosion” of UFC fighters ears. This happened to Leslie Smith during her UFC fight

“UFC ear explosion” during the fights is not a rare story that happens to MMA fighter`s ears. There are compilations on the internet about the worst cauliflower ears.

This video is the shortest answer why do UFC fighters have weird ears.

Branda Philips was thinking about ear protection for four years. The first sample was made with a mold of the ear of her son Connor, who tested it.

Branda Philips (left) and her son Connor

Now the product is ready, a patent application has been submitted, and it is already available to order under the brand Caulear Protection. The price on the official website is £100.00 (about $145).

Caulear Shields, pic from

The principle is simple: from the materials sent, you need to make a mold of your ear and send it back after the person receives ready-made silicone inserts for his ear.

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Ear with Caulear Shields Protection

P.S.: How did Shia LaBeouf get cauliflower ear and are they for real?

There is a concern on the internet about Shia Labeouf`s cauliflower ears that we can see in the movie ‘Tax Collector’ (2020).

After some observation analysis, came to the conclusion LaBeouf wrestler’s ears are artificial and made fake for the movie. As we know cauliflower ears appear after repeated impact and strangulation on ears while wrestling. And as known to the public Shia LaBeouf doesn’t have regular training in martial arts sports.

Shia LaBeouf cauliflower ear; Screenshot from ‘Tax Collector’ trailer

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