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.
“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.
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By Chris Taylor