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Sunday, 02/09/2014, 10:47 am

Glover Teixeira believes that most Brain injuries occur in the gym

UFC light heavyweight number 1 contender Glover Teixeira recently attended a press conference in Washington, DC on February 4 to help show his ongoing support for the Cleveland Clinic Professional Fighters Brain Health Study.

The Brazilian Slugger believes that MMA fighters suffer the majority of their brain injuries during training, as opposed to during the actual fight itself.

Glover recently spoke to MMAFighting‘s Luke Thomas about his concerns for athletes training in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts:

“The way people train is the most dangerous thing because we train, like, everyday. Some people spar five days a week. And that’s where the injuries can cause…I mean you see fights, fights go so quick, especially in MMA there’s a lot of grappling and stuff. So, I guess the only thing is more like, uh, it is easy to prevent. If you go hard everyday, like I see boxers at Brooklyn gym, I live right in Connecticut, I see some boxers in Brooklyn gym man. … They fight every day sparring. That’s a fight, they go at it, they throw everything.”

Glover Teixeira challenges rating UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones for the coveted title in the main event of UFC 172 on April 26 live from Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

What’s your take? Do you think most brain injuries occur in the gym, as opposed to inside the octagon/boxing ring? Sound off Penn Nation!

By Chris Taylor

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4 Comments to Glover Teixeira believes that most Brain injuries occur in the gym

  1. team backfist says:

    Luke Thomas just said the same thing.. said the number of ‘big names’ getting clocked was startling.

  2. Dan Josselyn says:

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, but what do we do about it if it’s true? Gyms are privately owned and some have exclusive memberships, it’s going to be very hard to regulate sparring. Maybe massive, massive fines for gyms that have daily full contact sparring? But how do we enforce it, and will it do any good? Some day when the NFL and the NHL get done studying concussions and revamping their sports to make them safer, we’re going to know a lot more about brain injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them. MMA is probably going to have to change at least as much as football and hockey. I’m not sure what to do, I love the sport, but the public is not going to tolerate many thousands of fighters getting dementia before they hit age 50, and we shouldn’t either.

    • Jerry says:

      Fighters should be more educated and make more informed decisions with this information. Trainers should be more knowledgeable and rather than force fighters to spar 5 times a week, maybe change it up to 3 times of technical stand-up (eg. work on techniques) or full-out grappling, and only limit full out stand up sparring to twice a week. Its not about regulating the sparring or regulating anything, it is more about INFORMING gyms and fighters so they can choose the better alternative.

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