Sharing is caring.
That's the motto of Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, who is beaming over the new gloves put into use for his budding mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. In fact, the new equipment has been so successful in reducing fighter injuries, Rebney is willing to share it with the rest of the world.
Including his biggest rival.
From his conversation with MMA Junkie:
"The hand injuries have gone down exponentially, and broken hands have gone down exponentially. Guys who used to suffer the broken hands in the organization consistently, like Lima -- who every time he'd throw one of those big overhand rights would end up in the hospital and have to get reconstructive surgery on his hand again -- have no issues. When you see the release and see the actual numerical documentation on how much better hand-injury results are from our events since we changed those gloves. I would be willing to share these gloves and this technology with anybody. Any small organization, the UFC, anybody who wants this technology. They should have it because it has absolutely changed the dynamic of guys breaking their hands in our organization."
Something about gloves these days ... they just can't seem to stay out of the headlines.
That holds true for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well. Not only do fighters continually suffer from broken hands (example), but the current design is a contributing factor to eye pokes, like the ones that made news last month in Baltimore.
The offer is on the table ... but will UFC accept it?