margaritos wraps & MMA
Are the rules for wrapping hands in MMA different from those in boxing?
Do hand wraps get checked in MMA, and if not would there be anything to stop fighters putting 'foreign' objects in their hand wraps.
Or do mma gloves provide so little padding over the knuckles anyway that its not even an issue?
I think its less of an issue but most are checked by officials. All the big shos like CW are and the main difference is no padding is allowed over the knuckles anyway so it wouldnt have any effect.
Youre allowed tape over the knuckles though aren't you? I'm sure I've seen bandaging being ribboned over UFC fighters knuckles before they fight?
Marc Goddard would be my phone a friend on this one, he is the expert on all things official.
Tape on knuckles is fine aye - strapping/bandages on back of hand only as far up as the knuckle and not over. No crepe wraps as you'd use in the gym.
Bearing in mind how light wraps are for MMA anyway, what are the fighters on here's thoughts on hand wraps for Pro fights? Every fighter I know has a different view on it, and I've personally done every variation.
The wraps with velcro i wouldnt even use in the gym, the have limited us IMO.
Too many people dont do this properly or think that they dont need wraps. My hands have suffered over the 20 years or so i have been boxing/ thai boxing and later MMA from not wraping my hands and being lazy about it.
I wish i could go back and start again.
What do you use for pads, bags, sparring and then MMA fights? If you don't mind me asking...
Originally Posted by boxingbrit
Surgical bandage from the chemist and zinc oxide tape for all if i am heavy sparring. I often wear the gel padding made by lonsdale over the top as well if i am wearing less than 18oz gloves to train.
the golden rule really is not to load the wraps. the funny thing is so many people dont realise exactly why they are wrapping there hands. wrapping your hands is to protect the metacarpels in your hand [ small bones ]
when you punch these bones bend and flex and wrapping can greatly reduce the likelyhood of these bones breaking.
hands should be wrapped with bandage [ to allow flexion ] and tape [ zinc oxide, surgical to a lesser extent ] you can use a little padding / cotton wool / gauze but again nothing that will "load the glove" and cause excess compound padding resulting in a harder surface, no worming tapes etc. plus the fact there is a lot less room in an mma glove so over wrapping means gloves to tight you can't make a fist properly = injuries or bad for hand control / grip when grappling.
absolutely no hand wraps what so ever.
tape can be applied in between the fingers and across the back of the hands but steer 3/4" back from the knuckles so its is only bandage in that place and when you ake a fist the tape wont pull over the knuckles. in the us the athletic commissions actually state the width and total lenght of the tapes and bandages that you may use !!!
hope this helps.
Last edited by marc goddard; 07-02-2009 at 05:54 PM.
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