For those that train mixed martial arts, there are things to consider when you’re looking to buy gloves. Those things include the purpose of your training the type of glove, the material, and the quality.
Things to Consider When Buying MMA Gloves
Type of the Gloves
If you don’t compete in MMA then there’s no need to buy pro-style and competition 4oz gloves. And if you do compete as an amateur or professional fighter then you’re going to need more than just your fight gloves for competition.
When you’re sparring during your MMA training, you want to use a more padded glove. Some people use boxing gloves for this but they’re much bigger than MMA gloves.
That’s why people use MMA sparring gloves. These are 7oz and the extra weight is in the padding. With the extra padding it’s more protection for your head because you don’t want to take unnecessary damage in sparring.
Since there’s more padding on sparring gloves for MMA they’re not as good for grappling. That’s when you would want to use your pro style gloves.
Once you know what kind of gloves you want to buy, then you’ll want to look for certain materials in your glove. Good gloves use real leather. You’ll also want a pre-curved design so that it doesn’t take effort to form a fist.
The wrist straps are really important because besides the wrist wraps that is what supports your wrists. Some glove brands make better wrist straps that offer more support. That’s very important because a lot of people injure their hands in mma training.
You definitely want to consider the brand of gloves your buying. Some brands specialize in mma gear and some more general fight brands like Everlast make a good mma glove.
Brands you should consider:
- RDX Sports
- Combat Sports
They are all great brands and make good products and it’s really just a matter of personal preference. All of the brands have good and bad reviews. Most of them get 4.5 out 5 stars on their average review.
There’s a top list reviewing the best MMA gloves at https://www.themmathrone.com/best-mma-gloves/
The hottest new brand out now is Engage. They make some really cool shorts but they also make all mma gear. Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya uses them and so does his teammate Kai Kara-France from City Kickboxing Gym in Auckland, New Zealand.
Adesanya is becoming one of the biggest stars in the sport so I expect this company to do very well. You can see him wearing the leopard print hybrid shorts in the UFC Embedded vlog series that he did for his last fight at UFC 248 against Yoel Romero.
They also came out with a new designer series which replicates the looks of Gucci, Supreme X Louis Vitton, and Versace. Most people probably won’t like this look but for those that are flashier like Stylebender, it’s perfect.
RDX just signed a sponsorship deal with Tony Ferguson, who is scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 18th. If that fight happens and Tony wins, then RDX could blow up even more.
Tony talked about his new deal with RDX sports in an interview with Brett Okamoto. We’ll see how things pan out once the Reebok deal with the UFC expires if the fighters will fight to be able to land their own sponsorship deals independent of the UFC.
The UFC is always gonna make them use the UFC Offical fight gloves and the way the shorts all look uniform I think adds a touch of class to the organization. So we’ll have to see how that pans out too.
A good pair of gloves is essential for training in mixed martial arts. It’s the one thing that you use every single time you train. Make sure that you do your research and buy yourself a pair of gloves for your training sessions.
Don’t go for the cheapest pair because they’re not likely to last very long. Good gloves are not expensive and over the long term, you’ll spend less money than if you had to keep replacing your pair.
If you’re a pro you’ll want to train sometimes in your competition gloves but make sure you grab a solid pair for sparring too.