Not only is MMA the fastest growing sport in the world, it’s also one of the most challenging. To fight professionally, MMA fighters must log in the training hours and subject themselves to mental and physical challenges that go beyond what any spectator could ever imagine.Jul 1, 2017
"A boxer has no chance of winning an MMA fight and an MMA fighter has no chance of beating a boxer," was the opinion of heavyweight Vladimir Klitschko. Without arguing about which is better, MMA is a more complete sport, where fighters can knock out or submit their opponents.Dec 16, 2017
Not only is MMA the fastest growing sport in the world, it's also one of the most challenging. To fight professionally, MMA fighters must log in the training hours and subject themselves to mental and physical challenges that go beyond what any spectator could ever imagine.Jul 1, 2017
UFC president Dana White opened up about brain injuries resulting from fighting in the light of Spencer Fisher's CTE announcement. Talking to MMA Junkie, White lamented Fisher's condition but highlighted that brain injuries are a regular occurrence in a fighter's career.Jan 14, 2021
It's not 100% guaranteed that a fighter will suffer from brain damage or CTE in MMA. However, one thing to note is that everyone who takes part in full combat sports at a mid to high level stand a good chance of suffering from CTE. Even professional wrestlers are not safe.
Canadian researchers writing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2014 found that a MMA fighter suffered a traumatic brain injury in almost one third of professional bouts. Worryingly the researchers found an average of 2.6 head strikes after a knockout-blows that were inflicted on unconscious fighters.Apr 12, 2016
"Head injuries constituted 35% of all injuries in MMA. The average fighting time endured by a fighter who sustained a head injury was nine minutes and 49 seconds, during which an average of 32 significant head strikes were absorbed" said lead author on the study Mohamad Y.Dec 7, 2020
Additionally, one set of studies found fighters with more lifetime bouts tended to have lower cognitive test scores, processing speed, and increased signs of motor impulsiveness.” MMA health studies also tend to lack a clear definition of a concussion.Dec 28, 2017
3 former UFC fighters diagnosed with CTE
- #3. Former UFC light heavyweight fighter Renatu Sobral. Sobral has had a myriad of health issues in recent years.
- #2. Former UFC heavyweight fighter Tim Hague. UFC 113: Machida v Shogun 2.
- #1. Former UFC lightweight fighter Spencer Fisher. UFC 127: Penn v Fitch.
Avoiding hits to the head is the most effective way to sidestep brain trauma. And in many instances, mixed martial artists can control the amount of punishment they take, particularly as it pertains to sparring and preparation for a fight, which is where much of the long-term damage is believed to occur.Jun 4, 2020