Rebney: New Bellator gloves safer, will share technology with UFC or anyone else

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Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims that his promotion's new gloves offer much more protection for fighters, and he's open to letting the UFC or anyone else use the technology.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney mentioned back in February that the promotion was introducing a new glove design that should be safer for fighters. After Bellator 118 on Friday, Rebney stated that they've used the gloves, which are made by Everlast, for nine events now and have seen a large downturn in injuries since their introduction:

"The hand injuries have gone down exponentially, and broken hands have gone down exponentially. Guys who used to suffer the broken hands in the organization consistently, like (Douglas) Lima, who every time he’d throw one of those big overhand rights would end up in the hospital and have to get reconstructive surgery on his hand again, have no issues."

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"This next-generation fight glove provides superior comfort, support and protection to athletes without drastically changing the equipment they’ve grown accustomed to competing in. It’s almost gone from this company, and it’s because of that glove technology. It’s shocking how cool it’s been in this company and for the most important thing we have, which is the fighters."

He also stated that he would be fine with any promotion using the technology - even their main competitor, the UFC:

"I would be willing to share these gloves and this technology with anybody - any small organization, the UFC, anybody who wants this technology. They should have it because it has absolutely changed the dynamic of guys breaking their hands in our organization."

It'd be interesting to see if promotions like the UFC would be receptive to this new glove style, or if they'll just ignore it or develop their own since it was produced by a competitor.

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