Back in January, Bellator MMA revealed that they would be working together with Everlast to develop “next-generation” MMA fight gloves, which they dubbed “Powerlock.”
The gloves were designed with a curved striking surface to reduce the risk of hand and wrist injuries, and it appears that several of their fighters have already become fans of the new attire.
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson was one of the fighters who tested the gloves out in their debut event at Bellator 110, where he knocked out Christian M’Pumbu in the evening’s main event.
“I’ve been fighting for a long time, and have worn a lot of different gloves,” Jackson said. “When I put these new gloves on for the first time, you could feel the difference right away. The glove just feels perfect on your hands. Mo’s going to get a mouthful of these new gloves on May 17th, so I hope he likes them too.”
Bellator’s welterweight champion Douglas Lima broke his hands twice during the promotion’s eighth season, but has already fought in 2014 and is yet to break his hand again.
“I guess I hit too hard, because I’ve broken my right hand three times, and I didn’t think it was ever going to end,” Lima said. “When I put on these new gloves for my recent title fight, I already felt better. I could tell it was going to add more protection and felt like it was designed just for me. It put me more at ease, and I walked out of that fight with the belt around my waist and my hands felt great. The Bellator team did a great job with these new gloves, and I’m so happy I get to keep wearing them every time I walk into the cage.”
The gloves can be viewed below:
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