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Wednesday, 05/08/2013, 09:01 am

Dana White says UFC looking into new gloves

UFC 159 was one of the strangest events in the promotions history. The pay-per-view saw two technical decisions handed out as a result of accidental eye pokes, as well as a couple of gruesome injuries.

UFC President Dana White talked about some potential new gloves during his appearance on ESPN 710-AM in Los Angeles on Tuesday:

“We actually have started to work on a new glove that actually curves your hand, like the glove is curved like a ‘U,’ so you can still open your hand, but your fingers don’t point straight out.”

White believes the real solution may be with the fighters themselves, as the promotions current gloves are already approved by state athletic commissions.

“Guys need to keep their damn hands closed, you can’t reach out toward the face with the hands open in a fight. You can’t do it.”

UFC officials have stated that the project is still in “early stages” and couldn’t provide any further details on the new glove or when it might be put into use.  But, I’m sure guys like Alan Belcher and Gian Villante will appreciate the news/progress.

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  1. K2 says:

    Give the person poked 5 min recovery time and the eye poker a warning. 2nd offence per fight. Deduct a point or DQ the fighter. Although DQing fighters will cause more “Matt Hamills” i.e. getting their @ss whooped then get fouled and get the other guy DQ’d. But I bet people will keep their damn hands closed.

  2. Paso Rich says:

    Start disqualifying fighters that cause eye injuries. I bet as sorry as Micheal Bisping was that he poked ol’ boy in the eye, he’d be even sorrier if he got a loss on his record for it. he’d learn to keep his hands out of other fighter’s faces.

  3. Inyoface says:

    Maybe even have the pointer and middle finger completely closed in the same slot.

  4. 123 says:

    the ufc need to be more strict with the eye pokes & illegal strikes because it happens at every ufc event & they just get warning after warning.. also they need better judges & referees.. plus a ring like pride so wrestlers cant stall lol

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      Would u Pride nerds get over it!!! Pride is dead, good riddance. The eye pokes suck and need to be an immediate point deduction.
      So you think that a wrestler that dominates a ***** on the ground that can;t get up should be penalized? What you mean is the ***** who can;t get out should be penalized right??

      On another note, I think Bisping actually poked Belcher on purpose. Bisping is mean when he gets made fun of and is pissed. That illegal knee he did to Rivera should have gotten him DQ’d. Don’t you agree?
      Oh, you didn;t realize that most eye pokes are on purpose??? lol

      • some guy says:

        dry hump for a win? i bet you loved the shit outta fitch huh? i bet you was in heaven when fitch and mia fought? smh “Pride is dead, good riddance” you only say that because no one could dry hump for an easy win! it’s MMA… they should be forced to FIGHT when all they do is lay on someone and dry hump them for 25 minutes!!

      • Jujitsu Player says:

        Are you crazy, as if Bisping poked him on purpose, he was dominating the fight, if you remember Belcher poked him earlier in the fight, it’s a fight that stuff happens. Also he destroyed Rivera, who got what he deserved after all his sh!t talking and nothing to back it up. If I remember Rivera was talking about putting him in a body bag and his wife and kids were going to lose him and all that sh!t. Plus his corner men were still shouting abuse when Rivera was out cold….

        On another note, I was surprised Phil Davis was clearly afraid of going to the ground with Vinny….I thought wrestlers could dominate BJJ guys…apparantly they prefer to run and jab…

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Settle down there J, Bisping clearly kneed Rivera illegally, to say anything else is delusional bias. So if I get you right, that you feel that if someone says some bad witty bitty little WORDS, then its ok to use an illegal strike?!! Right? Then what doesn’t make you think Bisping didn’t eye poke him illegally because Belcher made some witty bitty wittle videos? Give it up, you let your anger get the best of you.
          Now, Davis beat Vinny easily. What’s the problem?

  5. 123 says:

    lol i doubt he poked him in the eye on purpose he was winning the fight.. the knee to Rivera was OBVIOUSLY an accident too haha.. & what was all them videos Rivera was making anyway, he made himself look an idiot & so did Belcher too.

  6. Tyler says:

    They should change the rules so that you can extend you fingers towards somebody to give them the opportunity to get there eye’s poked. If the fight ends due to a eye poke, it should be considered a DQ or a No Contest. If somebody wants to use the Muay Thai technique that Jon Jones and Shogun use, they need to keep there fingers pointed up, not out.

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