Bellator MMA and Everlast have been working together to produce a new-generation glove for fighting – and they will debut the end result Friday night at Bellator 110.
The PowerLock MMA Fight glove will provide athletes with proper hand form and technique, which they say can help reduce the risk of face, hand and wrist injuries. There is a curved striking surface, redesigned foam and additional padding to help protect the fingers.
“Fighter safety is absolutely paramount in every decision we make, and when our team sat down with Everlast, both of our company’s shared one goal: take the next step in advancing the protection for every athlete that steps into our cage,” said Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We’ve already had countless fighters test this new glove in full sparring and the reviews have been off the charts. Working in partnership with Everlast we have created a glove that not only improves fighter comfort, but also lowers the risk of injury from both an offensive and defensive perspective. We’ve really hit a home run here, and I can’t wait for all of our athletes to strap on this new glove beginning February 28th.”
Bellator 110 features Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal battling opponents in the semifinals of the light heavyweight tournament. The main card airs on Spike TV.
“As the industry leader in fight sports equipment, fighter safety is our number one concern,” said Matt Cowan, EVP Marketing, Sales and Product for Everlast. “We’ve seen an increasing number of injuries across the sport of MMA and as the official fight glove and equipment sponsor of Bellator we wanted to address those concerns. This next-generation fight glove provides superior comfort, support and protection to athletes without drastically changing the equipment they’ve grown accustomed to competing in. As the sport of MMA continues to evolve, our equipment will evolve with it.”