How to choose MMA Gloves

Are you ready to become an MMA Fighter? Well, even if you don't and you just got into MMA one of the first pieces of equipment you'll need is a pair of MMA Gloves.

Choosing the right one might be a little confusing especially if you are new to this.
They are a lot of brands out there doing pretty good job on producing MMA Gloves and there are few types you should be aware of, but more on that later.

The first thing we need to do is to differentiate MMA Gloves From the more traditional Boxing Gloves. It's not so hard to see the difference, just take a quick look and you'll notice that boxing gloves are way bigger, robust and cover the entire hand and wrist, while MMA gloves are much smaller and lighter with exposed fingers and palm allowing the user to grapple and use submission techniques. See, the purpose of Boxing gloves is to protect your hands as much as possible because in boxing your hands are your main (and only) weapon. While in MMA your hands are just a small part of your arsenal, and you need to use them in many ways beside punching like clinching, grabbing and much more in ground work.

Here is an example of MMA Glove compared to Boxing Glove:
On the left: Title Pro Style Elite Training Gloves
On the right: UFC MMA Pro Training Gloves

Title Boxing Classic Boxing GlovesUFC MMA Gloves

I bet you can you tell the difference.


Different Types Of MMA Gloves

So, now that you can tell the difference between MMA Gloves and Boxing Gloves it's time to understand the differences between MMA Gloves types. Basically, there are 4 types of MMA Gloves, each for its own purpose, let's go through all of them so you can make sure you're getting a pair of gloves that suits your needs. 

MMA Bag Gloves

MMA Bag Gloves are meant to protect fighters from heavy bag workouts. Heavy bag workouts considered to be one of the most intense actions and require a lot of protection to your wrists and hands. Those gloves are usually less flexible than other MMA Gloves, the wrists support is much wider, the padding is much denser and firm to keep the gloves small yet protective. Some of those gloves will have a grip bar on the inner top part of the palm to get a better, stronger fist. It's important to hit the bag with gloves that are suitable for it (either MMA or Boxing Gloves) otherwise you'll sooner or later get injured.

Example: Title MMA Gel Bag Gloves

                                                   MMA Bag GlovesMMA Bag Gloves - Palm

                                                            Notice the Black Grip bar at the top part of the palm.

MMA Sparring Gloves

Unlike MMA Bag Gloves that meant to give you the best protection possible regardless of the receiving side, MMA Sparring Gloves are designed to protect both you and your sparring partner. The most obvious feature who separate MMA sparring gloves than other MMA Gloves is the extra padding at the outer side of the gloves. The padding may be individual for every finger (also called Hybrid MMA Gloves) or across all the fingers with a bigger surface. Make sure you spar with MMA gloves that were specifically made for sparring or you'll injure your partner.

On the left - Combat Sports MMA Sparring / Grappling Gloves
On the right - Combat Sports Hybrid MMA Sparring Gloves

                                                   Combat Sports MMA Sparring / Grappling GlovesCombat Sports Hybrid MMA Sparring Gloves

MMA Training Gloves / MMA Grappling Gloves

These gloves are kind of a mix between the two above. MMA Training Gloves are meant to find the balance between fingers and thumb mobility to protection. The gloves are great for grappling, punch mitts & pads work, soft bag work etc..
If you're low on budget MMA training gloves might be a great decision for you to begin with in your day to day routines. But, as you'll get better and start taking MMA as a part of your lifestyle, you better get the other kinds as well, using those gloves for intense bag work or full on sparring is highly unsafe and might end up in injury for either you or your training partners.

Example: Meister Classic MMA Gloves

                                                             Meister Classic MMA GlovesMeister Classic MMA Gloves

MMA Competition Gloves / MMA Cage Gloves

Competition MMA Gloves are made for the real deal, the padding is made mainly to prevent cuts for both you and your opponent but it's not made to soften the blows. Do not use those gloves to practice sparring at the gym! The demands for competition gloves may vary from one organization to another so make sure to check beforehand that the gloves you get meet the conditions. As a thumb rule, competition gloves weigh 4oz-6oz depend on the size of your hand. 

Example: UFC Official Black Fight Gloves

                                                          UFC Official Black Fight GlovesUFC Official Black Fight Gloves

MMA Gloves and Handwraps

Too many MMA fighters are training without hand wraps which is not so smart, the fact that MMA Gloves already provide less protection than boxing gloves just make it much more important to use. Also, in competition, you'll have to wear hand wraps so you better get used to it. If you find it uncomfortable or you can't get you wrapped hand into the gloves you should consider to get MMA Handwraps which are much more elastic, and shorter (120" instead of the traditional 180" boxing wraps). Wearing hand wraps is a must, and not doing so is irresponsible and very short term thinking.

MMA Gloves Sizing

Now that you know the difference between all MMA Gloves types You might ask yourself about the sizing. Well, the sizing may change from one brand to another. Luckily for you, each product on our website have his own unique size chart brought to us directly from the manufacturer. You can watch it by clicking on the "+SIZE CHART" button right next to the available sizes.
To figure your size get a measuring tape and measure the circumference of your palm just below the knuckles.

On Mobile:

                                   Mobile Size Chart Location         Mobile Size Chart Open

On Desktop:

Desktop Size Chart Location

Desktop Size Chart Open

Here is a general sizing chart, but use it as a secondary option only, the size charts on the product pages are much more accurate.

 Palm Circumference (Inches) Standard Sizing Palm Circumference (Inches)
YM 6-6.75
YL 6.5-7.5
S 6.7-7.5
M 7.2-8.7
L 8.5-9.7
XL 9.5-10.5
XXL 10.5 & Up


Prices & Materials

Almost any MMA Glove out there is made from either real leather or synthetic one, synthetic leather is designed to last longer but the difference in not so significant. As for the quality, many people find genuine leather gloves to be more comfortable. Personally, I can't notice any difference. Synthetic leather gloves are usually cheaper and the range of MMA gloves can go anywhere between from $30 to $120. My recommendation for you is not to get to cheaper pair you can find, low-quality gloves can hurt you and cause injury. Find the ones that suit your needs best. After all, this is how you protect your hands.

How To Clean MMA Gloves

Now, after you got your pair you probably want to know how to make sure it last as long as it can. The first thing you should know is that you'll probably sweat a lot in those gloves, and if you won't take care of it, your gloves will absorb bacteria and odor pretty quickly making it stink and unpleasant to wear. 

The good thing is that MMA Gloves (unlike boxing gloves) are pretty easy to clean and preserve. 

  • After a workout leave your gloves in a shaded cool place to breathe some air and dry.
  • Always wear handwraps! First for your protection and second, most of your sweat will be soaked in the wraps and they are much easier to wash.
  • Spray some anti-bacterial spray (like Ferbreeze) on a cloth and rub it over.
  • Do not leave it in the sun (it will destroy the materials after a couple of times).
  • Do not just leave your gloves in your gym bag.
  • Do not put in a washing machine.

If you'll follow these few simple instructions your MMA gloves will stay with you for years.


This is everything you need to know about MMA Gloves. Feel free to visit our MMA Gloves Collection and find your pair!

If you have any more questions just write them down in the comment section below and we'll make sure to answer each and every one of you!

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