At Bellator 110, the promotion and its official equipment manufacturer, Everlast, introduced the “Powerlock” glove. The newly-designed MMA glove was intended to promote proper hand form and technique, which can help to reduce the risk of face, hand and wrist injuries.
The glove’s curved striking surface was intended to aide proper hand form, along with a redesigned foam to maximize hand protection on the impact zone and additional padding that shields the first and fifth metacarpals – two of the most commonly injured bones of the hand.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has fought in numerous MMA promotions over his illustrious 15-year career, was one of Bellator’s first athletes to enjoy the benefits of Everlast’s new design.
“I’ve been fighting for a long time, and have worn a lot of different gloves,” Jackson said. “When I put these new gloves on for the first time, you could feel the difference right away. The glove just feels perfect on your hands. [Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal’s] going to get a mouthful of these new gloves on May 17th, so I hope he likes them too.”
Since Powerlock debuted on February 28, Bellator has held nine events and experienced no hand breaks inside their cage. By comparison, Bellator Season 8 saw eleven events using the old glove design, and included eight broken hands during the season.
“As our sport continues developing, fighters have become bigger, faster and stronger while delivering strikes with more velocity and power,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “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.”
Now, if only someone can figure out how to prevent eye pokes.