MMA Gloves, Product Reviews — May 22, 2019 at 11:48 am

UFC 5oz MMA Gloves Review

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UFC 5oz MMA Gloves

8.4

Comfort

8.0/10

Durability

9.0/10

Protection

8.0/10

Strap System

8.5/10

Price To Value

8.5/10

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Extremely durable for their price
  • High-quality synthetic leather
  • Reinforced stitches
  • Won't sweat your hands too much
  • Excellent for grappling
  • Strap system is solid

Cons

  • Only come in two sizes
  • Not great for bag work
  • No thumb protection
  • Since they are 5oz they won't be accepted in some competitiors

UFC has been the leading MMA organization for almost two decades now but their brand of products is relatively new to the market. Nowadays, they have everything in store from gloves to heavy bags and apparel. But should you invest in one of their products and are they as good as their organization claims to be? Well, we are about to find out…

Key Takeaway:

Upon spending some time with those gloves, I realized one thing – when trusting a known-brand you are usually going to get your money’s worth. That is exactly the case here. The UFC 5oz MMA gloves aren’t very expensive but deliver almost premium-like quality and are perfect for grapplers and people looking for a slightly more comfortable glove that isn’t going to cost them an arm and a leg.

Before you dive into this review check out my other best MMA gloves models at my full Buyer’s Guide.long view ufc

Overview & Features

These gloves, along with all other models made from this company are characterized by two major features – their price and their quality. The quality itself isn’t out of this world but the reinforced stitching and rigid synthetic leather are good enough to last you some time, especially considering how low of a price tag the gloves have. Either way, let’s start with their looks and design…

Design and Comfort

In terms of design, these gloves really steal the show at this price bracket. They feature a semi-open palm design with a single strap going around the base of your thumb. That isn’t by everyone’s taste but it certainly improves the overall stability of the glove when you spar with them.

The visual aspect of these gloves is also quite good. They feature a minimalistic design with the UFC logo on top of the padded part and the octagon icon on the wrist wrap. There are four available color options here:

opan palm

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red
  • White

That gives you enough distinction to be able to get the ones that won’t easily merge with the rest of the gloves in the gym.

The palm design is also complemented by durable tightly connected finger holes which have a good layer of padding on top of them. All that really allows for easy grappling exchanges which is one of the main strengths of these gloves. The finger compartments are also quite soft which further improves the grappling experience.

Padding

The padding here has quite the slick profile and isn’t very intrusive even though those are the 5oz gloves. This means that you will really enjoy these gloves on the ground when doing submissions. One thing that will help those gloves feel comfortable during stand-up exchanges is that the padding itself has a precurved design, making it easier to hold them into a fist position.

Most of the padding is located above the knuckles in order to provide the maximum amount of protection when sparring or competing. The hinge between the strap and the padding is quite soft so you will have a good amount of backwards flexibility of your wrist when holding onto a lock.

That certainly isn’t the case with other gloves such as the Everlast Train Advanced MMA Gloves.

One slight issue that I have with these gloves is that their foam doesn’t quite stand the test of time if being used on a daily basis. It compresses after 6-12 months of ownership and becomes a little bit harder, meaning less protection for your hands.

Materials and Durability

hand with glove

The materials here are better than you’d expect at first. The synthetic leather does a fine job at not sweating out your hands too much and it also doesn’t accumulate various scents over time. It is durable and you won’t see a lot of cracking unless you use them daily on the heavy bag. I’d advise against that last part, though, as there are better and bigger gloves more suitable for bag work. These are geared towards fighters that want to roll with their gloves on or are looking for a flexible competition glove.

There are reinforced stitches everywhere and from all the gloves that I’ve tried these stand their ground pretty well and don’t tear up after just a few months.

As a whole, oftentimes it is a hit or a miss with synthetic leathers and cheaper companies rarely nail the production quality but since UFC has some nice partnerships, they managed to create an affordable synthetic glove that can even outlast some real leather gloves (which aren’t being taken care of properly).

The Strap System

glove strapThe strapping here can be quite tight if you want it to and doesn’t loosen up even after continuous use. I’ve seen UFC gloves at more than a year of age and they have their velcro strap work perfectly well.

All these little benefits come when you are buying from a brand that has enough capital to invest in good products. Still, don’t forget that this is a basic hook and loop system so you will need to take good care of it and not expose it to other materials. When storing your gloves, always make sure that they are wrapped and not just hanging loose in your gear bag.

What Are They Good For?

As I mentioned a few times, these gloves really excel when you’re fighting on the ground. They are really flexible in their wrist hinge, have slick padding, soft finger sleeves, and feature an open-palm design that will allow for great control during grappling exchanges.

On top of that there is no thumb support or sleeve making it easier to grab your opponent and transition from one lock to another. These gloves are also a preferred choice for competing for some people.

In terms of competition, you will have to check with your organization’s rules before using those, as they are 5oz instead of the regular 4oz ones, so they might not be allowed due to the size.

Sizing

In terms of sizes, there isn’t much to choose from here. You can get the UFC MMA gloves in either:

  • Small/Medium
  • Large/Extra Large

I would’ve loved to see more sizes, especially since there are a lot of kids aspiring to become UFC fighters and want to use this type of gear, but I’ve also found that those two sizes can fit a surprising amount of hands. Now, let’s discuss the final aspect of these gloves.

Price

The price isn’t too high, nor is as low as some cheaper brands. It is just the right amount of money (in my opinion) a person should pay for a pair of MMA gloves of this quality. I am sure a lot of market research has gone into figuring out the ideal price, so there is no wonder it seems so good of a fit.

UFC 5oz MMA Gloves Vs. RDX F15 MMA Gloves

two gloves red line in the middle

When people browse for MMA gloves in this price range, they often stumble across an RDX glove that will give its competitors a run for its money. This is the case with these UFC gloves and the RDX F15 which is full of features that can quickly overshadow the UFC glove if you don’t know what you are looking at.

The main advantage of the RDX glove is that it offers more protection, both to your wrist and to your thumb. It is also smaller (4oz) making it a better fit for competing in most organizations. The UFC MMA gloves, on the other hand, are proven to be more durable and will last you a while longer. That being said, the UFC gloves are 20-30% cheaper, so if you are looking for a solid investment into your training gear you should consider the ones that will last you longer.

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Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Super durable
  • Reinforced stitches
  • High-quality synthetic leather
  • Great for grappling
  • Padding and design are comfortable

Cons

Cons
  • Come in only two sizes
  • No thumb protection
  • Not ideal for some organizations due to their size

Final Words

The MMA Central Rating: (4.5/5)

In conclusion, I can say that the UFC 5oz MMA Gloves are one of the best affordable alternatives out there. They are especially good for people who want to do grappling with their gloves on and want something that won’t get damaged in just a few months. The stitching and leather will stand the test of time and the padding won’t deform if you do bag work from time to time.