“Train Like a Pro, Feel Like a Pro”
Let’s be frank: Most of us were introduced to MMA through the UFC. At some point, we so wanted to own a pair of bad-ass UFC fight gloves, whether for training, for fighter signing, or even donning them while we watch a UFC PPV in the comforts of our respective man caves to make our fanboy experience complete!
This begs the question: Are UFC gear any good? As I search different online communities, the consensus reads: They’re exceptionally good for their price point. And we couldn’t agree more.
In the different epochs of the UFC, the promotion has partnered with a number of manufacturers in producing their licensed gear. Since 2017, Dyaco inherited the mantle from Century. Locally, UFC gear is distributed exclusively by Lifesports Inc.
We tried our hands on the two types of UFC MMA gloves available locally: The 5-oz UFC Contender MMA gloves and the 6-oz UFC Contender fitness gloves. The good thing about running my own Jiu-Jitsu PE class in Enderun is I get to try gears out in a controlled environment. For full disclosure, I prefer to grapple with my hands bare, so I only tested the gloves in one session.
5-oz UFC Contender MMA Gloves
The 5-oz gloves closely mimics the 4-oz UFC official fight gloves. Differences include the use of engineered leather in the Contender MMA gloves, a fully open palm design for the official fight gloves, and a dual-strap system in the official fight gloves. For all these, the price difference is significant: The Contender MMA gloves retail at P1,999, while the official fight gloves cost $100 (~P5,000) via the UFC Store.
MMA Santa is Back at the World Bazaar Festival!
MMA Philippines, in partnership with Hayabusa and Venum Philippines, joins the feivities at the World Bazaar Festival for our third year. This time around, our sale coincides with the two leading MMA brands’ online sale, which means MMA fighters, enthusiasts, and fans outside of the Greater Manila Area could still make their MMA Christmas wishes come true!
That said, people have been flocking to the bazaar since Day 1 to grab their MMA gear at unbelievably low prices. So let’s get into our Christmas tradition of listing what we think are the top 5 steals in this year’s Christmas bazaar!
#1 Hayabusa Ikusa Charged Boxing Gloves (PHP 4,500 from PHP 5,400)
How sulit is this!? Hayabusa Ikusa Charged was introduced late last year, reached our shores just this year, and they’re already on sale for you guys to have the latest Hayabusa gloves in the Philippine market to hit the pads before the year ends.
Hayabusa is all about performance, and the Ikusa is their traditional boxing glove series that uses superior engineered leather for long-lasting performance that doesn’t crack under pressure. Perfect for hitting the bags, mitt work, or sparring, the third iteration of this Hayabusa classic gets it right with a design that doesn’t scream “NOTICE ME!” but makes those who appreciate fight fashion take a second glance.
UFC 200 was an EPIC Weekend for Smart Bro Fight Fans
Since the UFC partnered up with Cignal TV and Smart Bro to carry the promotion’s exclusive content in the Philippines at the start of the year, Skinny Mike’s BGC has been a staple venue partner for live viewing events of the UFC’s best PPV events. July 10’s UFC 200, touted as the biggest fight card in MMA history, was no exception.
To give you a sense of just how crowded Skinny Mike’s got during the UFC 200 BROkada Live Viewing Party last Sunday, here’s a 360-degree image at the start of the co-main event between “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar and Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt.