Mixed martial arts, commonly known as MMA, is an inherently dangerous sport. It combines grappling and striking techniques and adds the disciple and art of fighting techniques that date back to the ancient Olympics. A successful MMA fighter needs an equally strong body and mind. They must be well trained in both endurance and fighting technique. This sport is designed for injury. It’s each opponents intent and goal to either knock the other out or force them into submission.
If you’ve never seen an actual MMA bout or watched one on pay-per-view, you can only imagine the intensity of these two people alone in a ring and sometimes, a cage. If you’re assuming that there will be blood, well you’re assumptions are correct. There is blood and sweat and a lot of it. Fighters have very little, if any MMA gear to protect them against their opponents. Most male MMA fighters wear only a groin protector and 4oz gloves with hand wraps underneath. Female fighters typically don the same but some may wear head gear for extra protection. Some MMA fighters wear shin guards and mouthpieces during trainings and sometimes during an actual fight, but that’s basically the extent of Mixed Martial Arts Protective Gear.
This sort of person to person, skin to skin contact is the ideal condition for dangerous germs, viruses and bacteria to enter through a cut, wound or small tear in the skin. It’s not uncommon for the floor of the ring to be covered in splotches of blood and sweat and because certain types of kicking is permitted, fighters typically fight barefooted.
If all of this seems terrifying, it is. We have seen the risks and potential dangers of MMA fighting and infectious diseases like staph and MRSA recently with rising star, Robert Drysdale. He was set to make his UFC debut in August, but has since been diagnosed with a staph infection and he’s not the only one to suffer this fate. Many MMA fighters have struggled through infectious diseases. Fighters Ken Shamrock, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Danny Babcock all suffered from bouts of MRSA that they contracted in MMA related activities. Even former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman was in critical condition for almost 3 weeks.
So what’s the solution? It may start with good hygiene and showering and washing hands and feet thoroughly after training and fighting. It’s also vital that the ring or cage floor be treated with a disinfectant sports spray or solution like Clear Gear Disinfectant Spray. Prevention is the best medicine and it’s far better to be protected that be ill and out of the ring.