After a period of Just Sayin Stuff, it seems like Dana White is Getting Shit Done. Not only is the UFC pushing to get eye poke rules fixed (finally!), but they’re taking Cub Swanson’s comments to heart regarding gloves being so stiff they actually pull a fighter’s hand open into the dangerous eyeball rape position. Here’s White explaining what they’re up to:
“We actually have started to work on a new glove that actually curves your hand,” UFC President Dana White said Tuesday during an appearance on ESPN 710-AM in Los Angeles. “Like the glove is curved like a ‘U,’ so you can still open your hand, but your fingers don’t point straight out.”
“Guys need to keep their damn hands closed,” he said. “You can’t reach out toward the face with the hands open in a fight. You can’t do it.”
A UFC official said the project was still in “early stages” and couldn’t provide further details on the new glove or when it might be put into use.
This is where it’s great to follow such a young and dynamic sport. Stuff actually gets changed and improvements are made. Okay, maybe not in regards to the shit controlled by athletic commissions. But when something comes up that the UFC has the power to fix, they often go ahead and actually fix it.
(pic by Joe Camporeale via USA Today)