At UFC 287, a new type of gloves will be introduced that aim to minimize eye pokes, and Gilbert Burns will showcase the design. Gilbert, a long-standing competitor, will also face off against Jorge Masvidal in a highly anticipated welterweight co-main event.
When they meet in Miami, Florida, both fighters will be wearing the new gloves, addressing the longstanding issue of eye pokes in the sport. Eye pokes have been a persistent concern for many years. Often causing fights to end prematurely and resulting in unsatisfying no-contest outcomes.
Interesting that this is just now being covered, we’ve been using these new gloves all year and they are honestly amazing. https://t.co/MTHXhU4p7S
— Zac Pauga (@ZacPauga) April 6, 2023
The trilogy of fights between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier is widely regarded as the most notable example of eye pokes in UFC history. The two fighters battled it out three times for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
In the first two fights, Miocic suffered injuries due to eye pokes. However, in the final bout of the trilogy. Miocic retaliated by accidentally poking Cormier’s eye with a significant portion of his finger.
Gilbert Burns thoughts on the new glove
“I love it because people don’t see. But it kind of makes your fingers go down, so less eye pokes,” he said, modeling the new gear.
“So I like it, see my hands are relaxed, [the fingers] don’t stay here. Way better for no eye poke. I like these new gloves.”
The gloves have a subtle downward curve on the fingers. Which makes it more difficult to fully extend them and poke someone in the eye. Burns emphasized this aspect of the design and appeared content with the updated gear.
Surprisingly, UFC heavyweight Zac Pauga disclosed that the new gloves have already been in use throughout the entirety of 2023. Given the UFC’s persistent problem with eye pokes. It’s unexpected that the promotion didn’t publicize the introduction of the new gloves earlier.
In your opinion, do you believe that the new gloves will effectively eliminate the risk of eye pokes in the Octagon?