Finger pokes to the eye have been a problem that’s plagued MMA for years now, but when pivotal fights like Michael Bisping versus Alan Belcher get stopped early because of the issue, calls for change are always amplified. Well, according to a recent interview UFC President Dana White gave ESPN 7-10 AM in L.A., the promotion wants to do something about the issue and is considering new gloves.
When asked about problem, which has seen high profile fighters like Anthony Johnson require surgery after getting poked in the eye, White reported (quote via MMA Junkie) :
“We actually have started to work on a new glove that actually curves your hand. Like the glove is curved like a ‘U,’ so you can still open your hand, but your fingers don’t point straight out.”
Sure the gloves may look weird or a lot different than what fans have grown accustomed to, but if it helps, why not? Of course, any new glove will have to be rigorously tested to ensure it’s actually functional, but something needs to be done. Not only do steps need to be taken to protect the fighters, but far too many bouts have been stopped now because a fighter’s been poked in the eye.
In the case of Belcher, thankfully the middleweight only required several stitches to close the cut he received from an eye poke, which brought his UFC 159 bout to an end in round three. Since Bisping was ahead on the scorecards he was awarded the technical-unanimous decision win.
Article by Kelsey Mowatt