UFC 180 report: Ear explosion steals the show as Werdum stops Hunt

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The biggest takeaway from the UFC's debut in Mexico for UFC 180, wasn't that Fabricio Werdum was the new champ, but just how gruesome Leslie Smith ear explosion was.

The 32 year old Women's Bantamweight fighter has had a long standing cauliflower ear on her left side and after a right hook from opponent, Jessica Eye, landed flush - it exploded.

What came next resembled a Quentin Tarantino film as the swelling burst, shooting blood straight out of the top of it and ripping the top half of Smith's ear from her head, drawing the obvious doctor's stoppage.

The ear explosion can be viewed here - but be warned it's not for the faint hearted.

Werdum trumps Hunt

In the night's main event, Fabricio Werdum stopped the comeback story of Mark Hunt with a flush knee to the face.

Hunt, who had controlled round one so well and even dropped Werdum, let his defence drop for a moment and was punished severely by the Brazilian fighter in the second round.

Werdum vs. Velasquez has the makings of a classic

Followed up by a series of punches in which Hunt couldn't properly defend, the fight was rightly stopped and Werdum is now the Interim UFC Heavyweight champion.

For Werdum, he'll have a lot of work to do if he wants to beat Cain Velasquez and become the undisputed champion, while for Hunt it was a cruel ending to a heartwarming tale.

He's made no enemies or haters on his path to a title shot, just friends and fans and as such it was a bittersweet moment for fans, even those cheering for Werdum, when it was all over.

Gastelum the real deal, Bermudez not so much

In the other fights on the main card, Kelvin Gastelum proved once again that he is a noteworthy threat in the welterweight division.

The former middleweight is now 10-0 in his career as he saw off Jake Ellenberger with relative ease, placing himself amongst one of the hottest contenders in a stacked division.

Bigger names await but with everyone supposedly scared to fight Hector Lombard, Gastelum looks like a man who knows no fear and look forward to that sometime in 2015.

Lamas reminds featherweight divison of class

There was also a big fight in the featherweight division as Ricardo Lamas saw off Dennis Bermudez with relative ease.

Bermudez had been running on a seven fight win streak coming into the fight but lasted just over three minutes with Lamas.

It was Lamas' second win since losing to Jose Aldo back in February at UFC 169 and he's certainly earned himself an admirer in Chad Mendes.

All-in-all a successful debut show in Mexico

For the UFC, the card was severely struggling after it lost Cain Velasquez to injury and then also lost Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon's clash as well.

Despite that, it was an energetic card and one filled with some memorable moments - especially that ear explosion which is going to be replayed on many highlight reels in the future.

How they'll approach the next card is unclear but the fans definitely seemed friendly to Werdum but it's clear that Velasquez is the one they truly want.

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