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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2008, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Need some help with gloves

Hey I'm new to mma and I really wanted to get into it with a few of my friends. I went today and bought some UFC Gel Wraps in XL and some Large UFC gloves. I measured my hand and it belongs in a large glove but with the gel wraps it is extremely uncomfortable.

So I have two questions. First: Am I supposed to be wearing the gel wraps under my gloves? Second: Should I get a bigger size to compensate for the wraps or just go without the wraps?

Forgot to mention that me and my friends plan on simulating a real mma match. So I plan on using the gloves for sparring.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2008, 01:09 PM
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You wear the Gel wraps under your fight gloves.

If the fight gloves you have purchased are too tight with the gel wraps underneath i recommend using hand wraps instead, a guide to a correct way of handwrapping can be viewed here:

I wouldn't use those gel wrap gloves in combat personally.

As for your "mma simulation" i strongly advise not to use the UFC gloves which are 4oz in weight for sparring.

Why? well at 4oz the gloves are merely designed to have minimal form of protection for your hands, they are not designed to protect yourself and most importantly your sparring partner. taking full power shots with those gloves can damage your hands/wrists and cause permanent damage to your sparring partner.

My suggestion is to buy 14-16oz sparring gloves such as these:

You can buy standard everlast/rbk boxing gloves from your supermarket if money is an issue, just making sure they are 14-16oz in weight.
You will struggle grapling wearing heavy boxing gloves, but if you are sparring ideally in tuition its best to seperate your standup training from your grappling training, mixing shoot and takedown defense in between.

If this "mma simulation" you and your friends plan on participating in is in actual fact NOT sparring and more of a fight fest then yea go for it wear your 4oz gloves, but i can guarantee:

* injuries
* people like me dissin your stupid ass youtube vids
* and most importantly: you won't learn anything.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2008, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well yeah 2 of the friends invovlved have had an interest in boxing for a while so we have boxing gloves for sparring but I just didnt wanna jump in the ring with someone and go straight from boxing gloves to the 4 oz. gloves. So we just wanted to have a couple matches with real gloves. We are not gonna go all out and try to knock eachother out. Just wanna get the feel for them.

Thanks for the info though.
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If you are dead set on sparring with grappling gloves, use hand wraps. If you do use wraps, use either kids wraps like these or "junior" size wraps like these. The wraps are little shorter and narrower. As a result, you can use them to wrap your hands and not have to worry about too much of the excess bulk.

That aside, I agree with the above statement. Get yourself into a school to avoid hurting yourself and an actual opportunity to learn something.

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