When it comes to MMA the gear worn is the only protection a fighter
has while giving and receiving kicks and jabs. This makes MMA gear very valuable and fighters learn to depend on that gear while they train and fight. Since MMA has so much physical contact involved it is important to choose the right gear that is safe, effective, and durable.
One piece of gear that most people tend to overlook is the mouth guard. That little piece of plastic is extremely important because it can prevent a fighter from chipping teeth, biting and severing their tongue, or dislocating their jaw. It’s important to also practice proper hygiene when it comes to a mouth guard as well to ensure it stays clean. Mouth guards should always be kept in an antibacterial case, they should be cleaned regularly, and they should never be shared with other team mates.
When it comes to gloves there are two basic types to choose from, boxing gloves and MMA gloves. Boxing gloves are made for traditional boxing; they are used to not only protect the fighter’s hands but to also concentrate blows. The boxing glove are specifically made with a bar inside the middle of the glove to grip, which helps the fighter keep his hands clenched into fists during the fight. This allows for increased control which results in punches that are tight, strong, and fast. MMA gloves are lightweight and fit the contours of the fighter’s hand. These gloves allow for very little hindrance during fighting and are mainly worn to provide grip and support.
One of the most important pieces of clothing that a MMA fighter wears is his shorts. There are many choices of MMA shorts, there are different styles and materiasl it is made of. The main types of shorts a fighter has to choose from are Vale Tudos, 4 way stretch, Lycra, and hybrid shorts. Each different pair has pro and cons and it really comes down to personal preference when choosing the right pair. For example Vale Tudos have been around the longest. They are both extremely stretchy and form fitting which allows for unrestricted movement, but the cut and tightness of the fabric does not appeal to some. Most fighters like the fit and sturdy fabric of Lycra shorts but that can restrict a fighters movement. 4 way stretch shorts have a lot of stretch, so there is give while moving but they are not form fitting, and the material is somewhat sturdy so they generally hang like gym shorts. And lastly hybrid shorts are very popular because they have the stretch of 4 way stretch shorts but the fit and durability of Lycra. In the end it is going to come down to personal preference and comfort when choosing MMA shorts. The important thing is that they are durable, allow for movement and are comfortable.
That outlines up the majority of MMA gear that is needed order to keep a fighter in the ring. Remember it while it will mostly come down to personal preference when choosing MMA gear, it’s important that it is reliable, durable, and offers the right level of protection.