Hi new to sherdog but have been watching MMA for awhile.
I have a question. Before a fighter enters the ring in UFC a person will do a quick safety check.
Now I understand the process of checking the gloves, applying the vaseline to the face, checking the feet and making sure they are wearing a cup, but I was wondering why they check behind the ears?
I tried googling this but an answer i came up with was they do it "to make sure the ears have no training damage." Im not sure what that means.
because they seem to put their thumb back there and rub, I dont really see anyone making a fighter turn their head to the side so they can check the ear for bruising or small tears or something.
So why do they check behind the ear? do they just rub the ear to see if the fighter feels pain? has anyone been disqualified for coming in with ear bruising?