MMA Uniform Rules

The MMA Uniform

A mixed martial arts uniform is pretty basic. According to the sport's Unified Rules, a fighter's attire consists only of a pair of shorts, a shirt (if you're a woman), open-fingered gloves, mouth guard, groin protection for the men, and protective chest gear for the gals. Fighters compete barefoot. So shoes or padding on the feet are forbidden. MMA fighters may not wear gi tops or pants, and Speedo-style shorts is a definite do-not.

The following information summarizes the Unified Rules regarding MMA gear and apparel.

MMA Shorts

MMA Shirts

Protective Gear

MMA Gloves

Now, you may wonder why MMA fighters wear protective gloves. They're required to wear commission approved, open-fingered gloves for a few reasons. For one, hands are a fighter's primary weapons. Contestants require fit hands to perform their tasks and stay on their game. Fingers, knuckles and wrists are delicate and vulnerable to breaks and injuries. Fighters need gloves that not only protect, but allow them the freedom to grapple, grab, hold, and perform show-stopping submissions!

MMA Mouthguards

Groin and Chest Protection


Unified Rules and Other MMA Regulations. Retrieved on Sept. 14, 2012, from

Koppenhaver, Harold. (Nov. 11, 2009). Why Do Fighters Wear Gloves on their Hands? Retrieved on Sept. 14, 2012, from

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