Mixed martial arts and similar sports involve combat fighting that generates a fair amount of blows to the head. As such, fighters must wear MMA headgear to be fully protected against concussions, cuts, bruises, and broken bones. The decision to wear one is optional. Some fighters find them too constrictive and cumbersome to wear, but it is always better to be safe when participating in contact sports.
Three main brands supply a majority of the head guards available today Hayabusa Fightwear, Warrior, and Bad Boy. All have a reliable level of support in preventing head injuries. The different brands use distinctive characteristics to separate their products from the competition. Determining the head guards that meet your personal needs is a matter of taste, protection, and feel.
The Bad Boy model is a quality leather type of sparring headgear with full face protection and a hook and loop adjustment in the back for increased comfort and a snug fit. It also has an inner lining that provides a super grip that feels secure and won t slip. The familiar Bad Boy logo is displayed on the forehead as part of their Pro Series equipment for mixed martial arts. There are sizes available between small and extra large.
Warrior International has MMA headgear that gives full face protection to fighters, with extra coverage over the most vulnerable areas like cheeks, chin, ears, and forehead. The supple leather material on the outside and extra foam padding on the inside guarantee a firm, comfortable fit. Their model also has a hook and loop closure in two places on the back so that fighters can adjust the tension for the best fit possible. The black and white leather used gives it a little more visual appeal than other models.
Of the three brands of head guards discussed here, Hayabusa s Pro MMA HeadGear is the most visually appealing and technically advanced in terms of design. The overall feel is one of complete protection, looking more like a leather helmet that conforms perfectly to the entire head, thanks to its all black, patented Cranial Cast construction for a custom fit.
This one would be a great choice for sparring headgear, since the hybrid, open top design allows for maximum ventilation without skimping on protection. Other features of the Hayabusa model include high density foam for the best shock absorption possible, integrated ear hole covers that allow better hearing capability, and a specially molded face that allows for better peripheral vision when wearing the guard.
This leaves few vulnerable areas, like the nose, eyes, and lips, for the athlete to be concerned with. Well trained MMA fighters know how to carry themselves in the ring, to protect these areas with good technique, keeping their hands in a good defensive position to ward off blows quickly and counter attack to capitalize on their opponent s weaknesses. With quality MMA headgear and accessories to protect themselves in title bouts and in practice, fighters can concentrate on the strength and determination necessary to rise to the top of their class.