Mixed Martial Arts started off without the use of MMA gloves. However, everything changed in 1993 when UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, competition in the US requested using them as mandatory. Since then, MMA gloves have become an essential part of every Mixed Martial Arts fights. They work both ways: enable the fighter to deal a blow and, at the same time, protect their fists from being injured. As all MMA training gloves have an open palm and open fingers, they allow a fighter to move his hand much better. All MMA gloves are categorized in four types, depending on their purpose, and those are sparring, bag, fight and hybrid gloves.
Sparring gloves are called training or practice gloves because that is exactly what they are used for: training and practice. They can either be conventional, with finger slots, or they could have finger slots and come with a padded striking area. It will be up to the fighter which type he prefers to use when sparring. Padding is more substantial with the sparring gloves, compared to other MMA gloves.
Bag gloves are most useful when the fighter is going on a round with a bag or striking pads since they are designed to minimize impact. They have quite some padding and wrist support is provided for, as well as a grip bar. They should never be used for sparring or fighting because they can be quite injurious. They are made for bag hitting only.
Fight gloves, as they name states, are designed for MMA fighting. If you compare the padding of fight gloves and sparring gloves, fight gloves are a lot less padded. To be honest, sometimes they don’t even have any padding at all, and they weigh so little, roughly 4 oz only. These are clearly not made for sparring or practice.
All those gloves combined will come result to the hybrid gloves. They are part sparring, part bag and part fight gloves. But according to some experts, you’d be better off if you have all three types of gloves, especially if you are serious about having a professional career in MMA. In a competition, new fight gloves will give you an edge by way of providing protection.
The impact of punches would have to be minimized even more, thats’s why it is important to use handwraps. Not only are handwraps used in fights and matches, they are also useful in sparring sessions.
MMA gloves have two sizes: 4 oz and 6 oz. If you are a beginner, go for the 6 oz since its dense padding will provide a lot of protection for your fists. The 4 oz will be best suited for MMA professionals who are already competing.
Choose MMA gloves that have double stitches rather than those with single stitches because they will serve you longer. When it comes to cleaning the gloves, washing is not advisable. To maintain cleanliness of the inside of the gloves, you should use a bandage.
Written By, Darleen Cilonisa