There is a myriad of MMA gloves on the market and some of them improve your training performance greatly and some low-quality ones can’t even protect your hand or wrist.
I have many experiences with MMA gloves, researched many forums (MMA, martial arts) and also did some serious research about the materials. According to these, I gathered the best MMA gloves on the market. Below you will find the reviews of these and according to these thorough overviews, I am sure that you will choose the right MMA pair. I also included a sizing chart for your hand and you can also read what you should be careful about and how to choose MMA right gloves at the end of the writing. Without further ado let’s start with the review of an amazing pair.
Best MMA Gloves
All Training Types (Bag and pad work, sparring)
MMA gloves in this section can be used for ALL training types. These gloves have good protection and wrist support, however, these are 4 oz. and even though these provide good finger mobility, you can only do light sparring with them. Because training type gloves do not have much padding.
You can find the sizing information (S, M, L and XL) after the overview of the best MMA pair.
1. Hayabusa Leather Kanpeki Elite
Training Quality Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
Durability: 9.8 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
Best Place to Buy: Amazon
- Premium quality (full grain) leather
- Incredible wrist support
- Provides good mobility for your fingers
- Comfy and good air flow
- The top MMA gloves on the market
- Gets always amazing ratings from everywhere
Hayabusa Kanpeki’s leather is genuine and the sturdiest one on the market. According to many people, you can use this pair at least 3 years. The leather also feels “natural”.
The finger mobility is quite good for a training pair and this makes Kanpeki very suitable for ground work as well. Keep in mind that many other MMA gloves have more padding at the sides of finger department and it can lower your ground work performance.
Let’s continue with the best part. The padding is dense and distributes the shock quite well and considering that you punch the heavy bag with a proper form you will not have soreness on your knuckles.
It has a bit tight wrist compartment (called as Y-Volar) and stabilizes wrist quite well.
This pair has premium safety qualities for ALL training types.
It is also handmade and according to my research on forums and Amazon (verified purchases), the fitting rate is just one of the greatest among MMA gloves.
Seriously it is the most quality MMA gloves on the market. You can also read Hayabusa Review for more details and I think the color is just awesome and you can choose this pair according to sizing information below.
Size: S Wrist (A) less than 6.25″ Knuckles (B) less than 4″
Size: M Wrist (A) 6.25″ – 7.00″ Knuckles (B) less than 4.5″
Size: L Wrist (A) 7.00″- 7.75″ Knuckles (B) less than 5″
Size: XL Wrist (A) 7.75″ – 8.5″ Knuckles (B) less than 5.5″
Note: All pairs on this list can be chosen according to sizing information above.
2. Venum Undisputed 2.0 MMA Gloves
Training Quality Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Durability: 9.5 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
- Very good quality padding
- Good wrist support
- Suitable for all training types
- Ideal for pads and bag work
- Fits well
- Many color selections including orange and white
Venum produces way better MMA gloves than boxing gloves and Undisputed is only one of the examples. Alright, this one is made of Skyntex leather and even though it is not sturdy as genuine leather it will give you around 2-3 years solid training sessions without any defects (rough spots).
It is also handmade and has curves for your hand so you will feel “natural” with it. It also has layers of padding which basically absorb the shock extra well. So if you don’t have strong hands and wrists, Venum is a really good option.
Venum is suitable for all training types and thanks to shocking absorbing qualities above, many people have amazing heavy bag sessions with it.
Finger part is reinforced and when you punch, it helps to absorb the shock even more and protects knuckles. However, it also decreases the freedom of your fingers. So you will show a little worse training performance in ground work. However, it is just a slight a difference.
As you can see, this pair has a lot of good qualities for punching so if you want to punch better and don’t want to feel any soreness whatsoever, you can go with Venum.
Keep in mind that it has 2 weeks of break-in period and according to my research, this period does not take more than 5 sessions. It has also many colors selections and looks very good.
Price: The price of Venum Undisputed 2.0 is just amazing and it gives you more than your money’s worth. If you are interested, check out one of the best-seller MMA gloves on Amazon.
Let’s continue with incredibly affordable training type MMA glove which has good quality…
3. Hayabusa Ikusa MMA Gloves
Protection Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Training Quality Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Durability: 8.9 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
- Quality padding
- Good wrist support
- Suitable for all training types
- Best cheap pair
- I have awesome experiences with it
My Experiences: Firstly, I recently did some pad work with it and did not feel any soreness. Basically, I had good punching experience and the wrist part is a bit tight and secure which I really liked. The padding is definitely above average and it did not move much so I can say that the padding density is more than usual.
I had to train with it because there was no option at the time in that gym which I trained. However, I am glad that I trained with it. My hands are less sweaty than usual and considering that my hands sweat a lot, this is a huge plus. My knuckles are just a bit sore after heavy bag sessions. But I had really long sessions so I honestly can’t say much about sessions which last less than 30 minutes. But the soreness was minimum and I generally have a bit soreness whenever I train with MMA gloves.
You can use this pair for all training types and you can also do light sparring with it.
The leather is synthetic and many people on forums say that the padding starts softening after 2 years.
Price: Considering that you get quality sessions around two years, the price is really good and according to me, Hayabusa Ikusa has the greatest quality price ratio among MMA gloves. Check out the price on Amazon.
Following two MMA gloves are the most quality gloves for sparring…
1. Venum Elite MMA Gloves
Training Quality Rating (Only sparring): 9.9 / 10.0
Durability: 10.0 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
- Very good quality leather
- Lots of quality padding
- Shock absorbent padding
- Incredible finger mobility
- Will last 4+ years
- Incredibly popular
- It is way better than rivals (sparring pairs)
- Very comfy
- Handmade and fits well
- The most quality pair for sparring
The leather is just incredible and made with the premium Skyntex which last 4+ years without any serious defects.
This 7 oz. glove has lots of padding and it absorbs the shock well and it should do it because you will spar with it.
Venum always gets very good feedback for air regulating qualities (I also used other model and have the same experience in Thailand).
It is also handmade and has a very great fitting rate. I also checked out MMA forums and people, who get Venum, are satisfied with the fitting. When this quality is combined with the good finger mobility, you will have very good ground work sessions and improve your grappling techniques quite efficiently.
I rarely witness a product which is simply superior to its rivals in the same category. A good example for that is Winning Boxing Gloves. And seriously Venum Elite has the same quality difference with its rivals.
Price: Well the price is high and however you can spar with Venum at least 4 years and keep in mind that the other pairs simply don’t give good quality punching and grappling experience at the same time like Venum Elite. Also having same training (grappling and punching) experience for a very long time is just priceless. Go on Amazon for the price.
2. Combat Sports MMA Safety
Protection Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
Training Quality Rating (Only sparring): 9.0 / 10.0
Durability: 8.8 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
- Quality leather
- Very quality shock absorbent qualities
- Comfortable enough
- Lots of padding
- Quality and more affordable option for sparring
This is the pair if you want to punch your sparring partner hard. You will see that knuckle compartment is “bulky” and the padding disperses shock quite well and this part is a bit separate from finger department. Even though Combat Sports can’t give as much as freedom for finger compartment like Venum (the pair above) it is still way above average.
I also have seen a myriad of verified buyers basically say that their hands are generally really comfortable.
It is made of quality leather as well and you can expect it to last around 2 years and the break-in period is almost non-existent so you can start having good and smooth punching experience right away.
Price: Check out the most recent price on Amazon. It has blue, red and white color selections.
Let’s continue with best MMA fight gloves…
UFC Official Fight Gloves
Training Quality Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Durability: 9.9 / 10.0
Quality / Price Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
- Very quality leather
- Really comfy
- Lots of padding
- Made for your hand’s curves
- Solid and adjustable wrist compartment
- It is the official UFC MMA gloves
- Only choice if you want to compete or you are really serious about your training
As of 2017, UFC Official Fight Glove is the only pair which is allowed in the Octagon. As you can imagine it satisfies all the official requirements for leather, grappling…
The design allows freedom for your fingers and you can do ground work better as soon as you wear it. It is also made for your hand and many people reported that the hand endurance improves with it. I gathered this information from authoritative and trustworthy sources.
With that, my favorite quality of the pair is adjustable wrist closure. The wrist part is adjustable and you can adjust it according to your preference and it seems like this is hard to pull it off since many MMA pairs allow only a slight adjustment. If you have weak wrists like me, I am sure that you will really appreciate this quality.
If you are a fighter or train seriously, well you just need to get UFC Official Fight Gloves. Due to the less padding, the finger department feels different so grappling also feels a bit different than other gloves.
So if you fall into one of these categories, which I just mentioned, you need to experience this official pair and become familiar with it as much as you can.
Price: Have a look at the price on Amazon.
According to my experiences and research, Hayabusa and RDX are simply ahead of all other brands. Also, Adidas and Title simply suck. You can have a look at my brand overview for more info and personal experiences.
What About Other Brands?
Everlast: Well Everlast makes very low-quality boxing gloves however it uses more quality materials (padding and cover material) for MMA gloves. However, these are still average.
Combat Sports: It has amazing pairs (see above) but the quality of Combat Sports MMA gloves varies a lot. So always check out the reviews before you buy any glove from Combat Sports.
Cheerwing: It is really popular but padding does not absorb the shock well and wrist support is also average. According to my extensive research, even though Cheerwing gets good ratings, generally people, who don’t go hard during sessions, get this brand and rate it. So it definitely does not have any quality whatsoever.
Ringside: Like Combat Sports the quality varies a lot. However, the material quality is just fine. With that, you again need to check out the overviews of products.
Sanabul: I don’t have any first-hand experience or could not find a decent review. However, the material quality is not good at all.
Venum: It always uses above average or premium materials and all Venum MMA gloves have at least decent ratings.
Suten: The company uses garbage materials to produce MMA gloves and this is why the prices are so low and the gloves get the worst reviews from many places.
How to Choose the Right MMA Gloves?
Training Gloves: These should provide every training performance qualities including finger mobility and padding. Even though this type is really popular and should be made of very quality leather, you will see some of them just suck and don’t have enough wrist support or quality padding for bag work. However, quality ones are just great for all MMA training types (bag work, pads and light sparring) and tend to give you more than your money’s worth.
Sparring Gloves: These are solely for sparring and the leather should be outstanding, period. Since you don’t want to hurt your sparring partner with your MMA glove, right? Because these can have rough spots and cause cuts. This is why it is critical you to take care of and clean your sparring pairs. This does not only improve the durability of your pair but it also protects your sparring partner from injuries and bad smell.
Note: If you want to go really hard when you punch during sparring, you actually can with MMA sparring gloves. If you wonder what would be the difference if you spar MMA gloves instead of boxing gloves, you can have a look at MMA Gloves vs. boxing gloves for better understanding.
Hybrid Gloves: Well, I have never been a fan of hybrid gloves. If you have ever worn one, you probably have noticed that the finger department just feels unnatural and provides a bit extra tension while you grapple. Even though there are a few above-average quality hybrid pairs, hybrid type gloves generally get really low ratings from many places.
Competition Gloves: There are some tests to be passed in order to be qualified as Competition Gloves. Above, there is a review of the only one which you should get. Because even though many companies say that their MMA gloves can be used in competition. The truth is only some of them have necessary certificates. UFC Fight Glove (the pair a bit above) is the most commonly used one.
Also, you should do only light sparring, get familiar with competition gloves. Since fight gloves are built for competition, these have less padding than training gloves and do not offer a lot of protection for your hands.
How to Choose MMA Gloves Size?
Sparring: You need at least 7 oz. for hard sparring and you can only do light sparring with gloves which are 4 ounces.
Training Pairs: You need to get your glove according to your hand’s circumference. Sizes of gloves are S, M, L, XL and you can use the information at the beginning of the page.
Some MMA sparring gloves also have these size selections and you can also choose them according to size information which I provided at the beginning of the page.
Materials and Qualities
Padding: Padding of training pairs should have top-notch quality. Because you will have heavy bag sessions and punch a tough item constantly. During this training, it has an incredible amount of deformation in a very short amount of time. So it needs to be ready and disperse the shock well. It also needs to do it very quickly since you will punch the bag again with the same glove. Because of these reasons, generally, the leather of MMA training type gloves outlasts the padding.
MMA sparring gloves should have a lot of padding and needs to be at least 7 ounces. So no one will have serious injuries.
Leather: When you do punch mitt or heavy bag training with a training type pair and even if the leather has some defects you can continue using it until your pair has some serious defects.
However, if your sparring pair’s leather has even a little rough or soft spot, you need to get a new one immediately unless you want to injure your sparring partner.
As a rule of thumb, the genuine leather gloves are more durable than synthetic leather ones. Based on my experiences and research, the difference can be even 2 years. So even if you pay more for genuine leather MMA gloves, it will pay off later. Also just don’t get vinyl pairs. These have really bad quality and in most cases, these become useless within weeks or if you are lucky it can be a couple of months. You can also extend your MMA glove’s durability with simply taking care of and cleaning it regularly. The genuine leather pairs’ durability can increase 6-7 months. As another plus, you or your sparring partner won’t be facing a bad odor during training 😉
Wrist Support: It is simply necessary for all training types and it has to be solid, period. However, it should be more than solid if you do heavy bag training and I highly recommend you to check out the feedback of your pair’s wrist support qualities before you buy.
Usage: Usage of MMA gloves is quite easy. These have velcro closures and you can wear and take it off in seconds.
Price: If you get genuine leather, the price will go up. The design and technology also play a huge factor for determining the price. However, I have been seeing an interesting trend for MMA gloves and I rarely say the following because I am honestly a cheap bastard about everything. Companies generally don’t overprice MMA gloves.
What should you be careful about?
Firstly, get a glove for your need. If you think of doing only sparring training, get a pair for sparring or if you think of doing bag work get a training type. Or you may be a fighter and prepare for a competition or amateur matches, then I highly suggest you get at least a pair for every category. You should also get competition gloves and do “light” sparring with it and see at least what it feels like before you get into a cage.
Also, don’t do bag work with sparring gloves ever! Even though these have safety qualities to protect you the padding type is not suitable for bag work. If you use it during heavy bag session, your sparring pair will be useless in no time.
Even though these MMA gloves on this list have amazing wrist supports and stabilize your wrist quite well, these don’t offer the same protection level of boxing gloves. So when you punch the heavy bag you should always have a proper form.
Important Note: There are many new gloves are produced and designed almost every single day. I literally see a new pair online every other week. After I had written this writing, I already changed this list 3 times. Shortly, I always research new releases and sometimes train with them so you can get the latest information.
When I made this list, I used my own experiences, researched very thoroughly and reached out to some really high authoritative figures and checked out a myriad of forums. As I said, I also have a lot of experiences with some of these pairs and I also provided my experiences and you can find them when you follow the links within the sections. All these pairs are best of the best and get amazing feedback basically from everywhere. If you want to do all training types with a premium quality pair, definitely have a look at Hayabusa Kanpeki on Amazon. It always gets perfect feedback and many people in MMA gyms train religiously with it. I also know that Hayabusa made this pair with the latest technology and full grain (very quality) genuine leather. These are all I wanted to share with you about this subject and if you have any questions related to any of these best MMA gloves or anything to share please just have a comment below and I will get back to you.