“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.
FOX+ is the New Home of the UFC in the Philippines
I don’t know about you, but a little piece of me died when Hyper HD was replaced by One Sports last January 9, 2019. It was a mad scramble for us to find out where we could watch live UFC events, more so as the fated clash between TJ “Snake” Dillashaw – attempting to become a two-division champ – and Henry Cejudo draws near.
Yesterday, UFC and FOX Networks Group Asia announced a multi-year media-rights deal in the Philippines that will see the streaming of UFC’s 42 live events in 2019, including its prestigious Pay-Per-View (PPV) events and original programming, on video-streaming service FOX+. As expected, the first event is the highly anticipated flyweight championship superfight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. It will be streamed live on Sunday, January 20, starting at 11am on FOX+ with a catch up option post the live event.
FOX+ is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. The good news is, a free 30-day trial is available for new subscribers.
Cowboy’s Visit is One of MMA Philippines’ Favorite Fighter Tours Thus Far!
It’s been almost a week since Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone visited the Philippines for UFC and Cignal’s fighter tour. We took our sweet time post-processing the event photos, and finally here is MMA Philippines’ breakdown of the nation’s experience with the busiest, winningest fighter in the UFC!
Cerrone didn’t have time to put up his legs after arriving on Friday as he went straight to the press conference held at Marco Polo Ortigas in the evening. Members of the press had first dibs in asking Cowboy questions, which the WEC and UFC veteran was more than game to answer. Here are some of the topics touched during the press scrum:
1) Cerrone views his UFC career as a means to finance his vicious appetite for extreme sports, so don’t expect him to give up skydiving during training camp!