Joe Rogan is a wealth of insight when it comes to the world of MMA. A UFC commentator and black belt in Eddie Bravo's prestigious 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, the stand-up comedian regularly dishes out knowledge and wisdom on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience."
Speaking on the podcast with guest Steve Maxell, an American fitness coach, physical educator and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, the two discussed the safety concerns facing the sport today, specifically the issue of gloves and wrist taping in the sport. A common practice in the UFC and various other MMA promotions, many feel that the inclusion of gloves is for the safety of fighters. Rogan and Maxell would debate otherwise.
The recent tragic death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho has raised a lot of concerns over the safety of fighters in the sport. Many called for a serious review of the sports safety measures, while others called for it to banned altogether. A hard time to be a fighter and fight fan, Rogan and Maxell both believe that the sport would be safer without gloves. Instead, the pair feels that the sport should revert back to its roots, opting for bare knuckle instead.
"I think the real answer is no gloves. Not only no gloves, no wrist taping cause I think one of the more difficult aspects about punching someone is that your wrist joint moves when you hit things. It makes it way harder and you have to concentrate to keep your fist completely tight, make sure that your wrist doesn’t move when you make impact. And, you have to make impact with the first two knuckles primarily, otherwise, you could break your hand."
Of course, way back at the inception of the UFC the rules were much more relaxed. Bare knuckle fights were common practice at the likes of UFC 1, but many view the early days of the promotion as barbaric and violence for the sake of violence.
The idea of heading back to the roots of the UFC is certainly an interesting one, and we're sure it'll raise many questions. Give us your thoughts below!