Bellator MMA Announces Initial Injury Data For Powerlock MMA Glove
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.08.2014
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MMA Junkie reports that Bellator MMA has revealed the initial injury information for the Powerlock MMA Glove. Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney previously said that he was so happy with the glove he wanted other organizations like the UFC to adopt it. The glove was created by Bellator and Everlast. Rebney claimed it stopped hand injuries during its tenth season.
He said last week: "I would be willing to share these gloves and this technology with anybody – any small organization, the UFC, anybody who wants this technology. They should have it because it has absolutely changed the dynamic of guys breaking their hands in our organization."
The company said in a statement: "Since the new gloves debuted at Bellator 110, Bellator has held nine events and experienced zero hand breaks inside the Bellator cage. By way of comparison, Bellator Season 8 saw eleven events using the old glove design, and included eight broken hands during the season, including welterweight champion Douglas Lima and lightweight standouts Saad Awad and Alexander Sarnavskiy. Bellator's ninth season also featured eleven events, and saw seven fighters suffer breaks, including Herman Terrado, Joe Taimanglo and once again, Douglas Lima.
The gloves have a curve with the design and additional padding for the first and fifth metacarpal, which are the most commonly injured bones. Everlast also included "redesigned" foam for the striking area. The goal is to promote proper hand form and technique while cutting down on face, hand and wrist injuries.
Quinton Jackson and Lima (who beat Rick Hawn at Bellator 117) both gave their support of the glove. Lima said: "When I put on these new gloves for my recent title fight, I already felt better. I could tell it was going to add more protection and felt like it was designed just for me. It put me more at ease, and I walked out of that fight with the belt around my waist and my hands felt great."
Rebney added: "As our sport continues developing, fighters have become bigger, faster and stronger while delivering strikes with more velocity and power. Broken hands take fighters out of the sport for months and sometimes years. It's incumbent on us to put fighters in the best possible position to eliminate those injuries where possible. This new design has revolutionized fighter hand protection and safety. And, I will keep working with our team and partners to find additional sports technology advancements that can help our fighters."