It’s been such a huge problem with the open palm gloves and they have plagued MMA for years now, but when fights like Michael Bisping versus Alan Belcher get stopped this tells you it’s time for change. 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 stated:
“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.”
Well it seems it is going to be a change and look different than what fans have grown accustomed to. But if it helps solve the problem of eye pokes and other incidental injuries, why not? The 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 fights have been stopped now because a fighter’s been poked in the eye.
For Belcher he 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.