MMA sparring gloves: Old versus New
6-7oz gloves solve this problem. Commonly referred to as MMA sparring gloves, these are similar in design to a 4oz glove in that they are fingerless, but tend to have a thumb loop enclosure. Unlike the smaller, professional versions, these sparring gloves typically come with more padding that makes them suitable for sparring. Up until recently, this meant that the gloves were overly padded with a large 'bulbous' pad area. However, as MMA has risen in popularity and prominence, new technology has emerged. A new 'style' of 6oz glove has entered the market. But which one is better? Old vs new?
This Fairtex glove is the 'old' style of MMA sparring glove. The dome structure helps add a great deal of padding that makes sparring a far less daunting experience. The padded thumb area adds further protection and differs from the professional style glove, which generally has no thumb enclosure.
This style of glove is perfect for heavier MMA sparring as they allow you to throw shots you'd never risk with smaller gloves on. They are the generally accepted standard of glove for most MMA gyms to spar with.
The 'new' style of 6-7oz glove are more suited to amateur competition. Designed specifically to reduce the 'bulbous' pad across the knuckle yet retain the same weight, these style gloves pull the padding back and evenly distribute it over the hand. This sacrifices padding on the knuckles in exchange for a more realistic glove that makes the transition to professional 4oz ones far less jarring.
These 'New' MMA sparring gloves could be used in sparring, but would require less force if you're going live with your training partners. Their main use and reason for their soaring popularity are in Unified Amateur rules (UAR) competitions. These bouts demand a 6-7oz glove but fighters tend to want the best option available to hurt their opponent. The bulbous pad is far more padded than the 'new' style of sparring glove. If you're going to be fighting amateur, you need to get yourself a pair of this style MMA sparring glove.
Written by Craig Thomas Boyle
- Craig Boyle