Bellator MMA teamed up with Everlast to design a new MMA glove that would keep fighters from suffering broken hands in bouts. Now, after several events, the results are in.
The “Powerlock” glove promotes proper hand form and technique, which helps reduce the risk of face, hand and wrist injuries. With a curved striking surface, the impact zone chances, shielding the first and fifth metacarpals from breaking.
Bellator debuted the new design at Bellator 110 earlier this year and has used it since.
“When this process began, we worked hand in hand with our partners at Everlast to create a completely unique MMA glove that could reduce hand injuries and enhance fighter safety,” Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “We went through numerous iterations of the glove during a design process that was headed by Dean Lassiter from our Operations team collaborating with the team at Everlast. And, we worked closely with our fighters to get their input on what they wanted to see and feel from a new design as well. This was a focused, collaborative process and the end results speak for themselves.”
Through nine events, Bellator fighters have zero hand breaks inside the cage. During season eight, there were eight broken hands, including by current welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
“I guess I hit too hard, because I’ve broken my right hand three times, and I didn’t think it was ever going to end,” Lima said. “When I put on these new gloves for my recent title fight, I already felt better. I could tell it was going to add more protection and felt like it was designed just for me. It put me more at ease, and I walked out of that fight with the belt around my waist and my hands felt great. The Bellator team did a great job with these new gloves, and I’m so happy I get to keep wearing them every time I walk into the cage.”
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who will meet Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal next Saturday night at Bellator 120, discussed the glove. He used it during a win earlier this year.
“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. Mo’s going to get a mouthful of these new gloves on May 17, so I hope he likes them too.”