A question many aspiring boxers, grapplers or pro fighters will ask themselves is this: why exactly do I need to wear protective gloves? Only the most novice of a full contact fighting practitioner would ask such a silly question. One of the most useful tools a professional fighter (or any athlete to be quite honest) should have in his arsenal are a pair of hands in excellent working condition. The hands are a very detailed and intricately designed part of the human body. Your fingers and joints interlock to move around and your wrist supports it all. If anything should happen to these parts of the hand, you can kiss your hard punching days good bye because they are long gone my friend.
To make sure your wrist, knuckles and fingers stay in perfect condition while sparring, working a heavy bag or training on pads, you need to wear the proper equipment. A tightly wound set of wrist wraps will support your wrist and keep it from becoming injured while hitting a hard object. Wrist injuries are extremely common when working a heavy set punching bag as the force of the bag swinging backward into your fist can easily break it.
Once you have a clean set of wrist wraps covering both hands, you should slip on a protective glove designed for whatever type of martial art or fighting practice you are training in. For MMA, better known as mixed martial arts, you would want a nice set of fingerless gloves. The reason for the gloves to be fingerless, unlike a traditional boxing, karate or Muay Thai glove, is because in mixed martial arts you will be training in the art of grappling.
Grappling in mixed martial arts is most frequently referring to a strong wrestling background mixed with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Due to this heavy element of grappling being so present in MMA, the gloves for which the fighters use have no leather covering their fingers. Such a design flaw in the gloves would prevent them from performing many holds and submissions. This is the reason why gloves are such an important aspect to the fighting game. You will need to take care of your body if you’d like to make it through training to ever see a fight. And you will most definitely need to be wearing special gloves during the fight to protect your hands and knuckles if you’d ever like to fight again.