MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gloves are generally divided into two catagories: Sparring & Contest gloves. Sparring gloves are also widely used in amateur contests because of the additional padding but due to the rise in popularity of the amateur rule set, many manufacturers now produce a specific glove for this also.
There are so many different options it is often difficult to know which glove is the right one for you. Our experts are here to talk you through the process on 'Live Chat', email or via telephone. So please take advantage of this and ask as many questions as you need to!
Please also refer to our BUYERS GUIDELINES below to help you with your choice.
All styles have additional padding on the knuckle and thumb area
Most Gloves have a velcro wrist support
Each brand has an individual cut and feel. It is important to get the right one for you!
Try to stick with a specialist brand, even if it is not a well known one. Many 'Sports' brands now produce a glove to meet a pricepoint. These have a limited lifespan and are not designed for regular long term use.
Most good gloves are made from cow-hide leather either wholly or in part. This helps with fit, comfort, safety & durability. They are designed to provide protection for both the users hands and the sparring partner.
Pro Contest Gloves:
For all styles a pro competition glove is 4oz.
You will find various designs including some with thumb support and some without. It is important to establish which is correct for you, taking into consideration punch and grip abilities
As with sparring gloves, stick with a specialist brand
Amateur Contest Gloves:
Made to a similar specification to sparring gloves but many now designed to look similar to a pro glove, but with extra protection
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