Best MMA Gloves

Those that aspire to be exceptional MMA fighters will need the right tools to help get them there. Whether one plans to go pro or simply plans to practice in the training ring, fighters will need to get the best MMA gloves in order to save money and perform their best. Those who take the time to research what gloves are best for them will be more likely to succeed as a successful fighter. This article will outline factors to consider when purchasing new MMA gloves.

Factors To Consider When Buying:

1. Types Available

1. MMA Hybrid Gloves

1. MMA Hybrid Gloves
Hybrid gloves enable fighters to have the versatility to use the gloves in training or for intense competitive matches.
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These gloves offer exceptional support to increase comfort while in the fighting ring. Their padding makes training safer since there is more material to absorb an impact and therefore to prevent an injury.Most of these gloves have an open-palm design, which allows fighters to have a better grip and to make the gloves more comfortable during extended use.
Pros
  • Exceptional support
  • Increased comfort
  • Great grip
Cons
  • Not as protective when hitting bag

2. MMA Grappling Gloves

2. MMA Grappling Gloves
These gloves can help fighters ensure that they won't experience hand injuries as often as they would otherwise.
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Grappling gloves are for those fighters who want additional protection that goes beyond that of standard gloves. While regular gloves have more padding, this padding only helps protect against minor injuries and does not protect the wearer against bone damage.
Pros
  • Extra padding
  • Comfortable
  • Good quality
  • Good price value
Cons
  • Gel padding is not adequate in important areas

3. Training Gloves

3. Training Gloves
Serious fighters need to have a pair of training gloves that are separate from competition gloves.
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This is because trading gloves are designed to offer additional protection and comfort during extended use. A separate pair of training gloves will also protect the higher-quality pair of competition gloves from wear and tear.

Most training gloves offer additional padding which helps to protect a fighter when repeatedly hitting a surface like a heavy punching bag. Most of these gloves are between 8 ounces and 16 ounces, which is heavier than regular fighting gloves.
Pros
  • Additional protection
  • Great comfort
  • Good price value
Cons
  • Heavier than most gloves

4. Competition Gloves

4. Competition Gloves
Competition gloves are designed for actually getting in a fight with another individual.
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These gloves are usually between 4 ounces and 6 ounces, which minimizes the impact to the other fighter. This helps protect against brain injury that can result from hitting a fighter with a heavier glove.

While these gloves are lighter, they still offer protection to hands and wrists to prevent injury while fighting. These gloves have an open design, which allows fighters to use their fingers while in the ring.
Pros
  • Offers protection to hands and wrists 
  • Lightweight
  • Great price value 
Cons
  • Not as adequate for bag punching

2. Glove Size

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The size of the glove that a fighter should get depends on the width of one’s hand. Sizes range from small (7 inches) to extra large (8.5 inches). While some gloves are wider, they all continue to have the same weight in order to offer a fair fight while in the ring.

A fighter can find one’s glove size by wrapping a piece of tape around one’s knuckles. After measuring, fighters who are unsure about which size of the glove to purchase should purchase the larger size since this will offer some room for growth and accommodate for natural shrinking.

3. Materials

While some gloves are still composed of leather materials, most today are created with synthetic materials that are designed to absorb a greater impact. These synthetic gloves are generally composed of polystyrene, which is a material that stays in good shape even after an extended period of time.

Polystyrene gloves can be safely stored away for extended periods of time without needing additional care to prevent cracking. Regular leather gloves, on the other hand, will need to be treated in order to be stored away for extended periods of time.

Internally, most gloves are generally composed of synthetic foam. Some older MMA gloves used to be composed of cotton, which is a material that has been used for hundreds of years for boxing and MMA fighting gloves.

While cotton can still be found today, it is generally inferior to modern synthetic materials because it offers a greater useful life. Synthetic materials will continue to stay strong, while cotton may go flat with extended use.

4. MMA Glove Brands

  • Everlast – the Everlast brand has been around since 1910, and builds exceptional fighting the gloves designed for both boxing and MMA fighting. Their gloves are of exceptional quality and offer open palm designs with stitching on the fingers to make the gloves safer to use.
  • Fairtex – this brand has a reputation for exceptional quality and a long useful life. These gloves are composed of premium materials that are intended for intense fighting. Even with extended long-term use, Fairtex gloves will continue to hold up well.
  • Hayabusa – these gloves are designed to offer a great fit for MMA fighters to get the best performance while in the ring. This brand is used by many professionals and is considered one of the world’s leading MMA fighting brands.
  • Combat Sports – this brand offers a wide range of MMA fighting gear both for practice and for professional use. The company offers everything from training shorts to punching mitts and gloves designed for any fight.

5. Price

MMA fighting gloves are generally quite affordable today. Fighters can expect to find a good pair of training gloves priced between $30 and $70. Fighting gloves cost a bit more, but are generally very affordable. These competition gloves are normally priced between $50 and upwards of $100. Since competition gloves can cost a bit more, dedicated fighters should get a pair of practice gloves in order to save money in the long run.

Conclusion

It is generally recommended that fighters get an accurate measure of their hand size before purchasing a pair of gloves. Since competition gloves can cost a bit more, fighters should get a separate pair of practice gloves to prevent the more expensive pair from wearing out.

Many professionals will have several pairs of gloves designed for different activities. Of course, the decision of which to purchase is up to the fighter. By taking the time to investigate gloves that are available today, fighters should be able to save substantial amounts of money by getting the right glove from the start.