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Being kicked in the groin by a professional fight is no fun at all. Though such strikes are illegal in MMA fights, but prohibited or not, accidents can and do happen. Therefore it is regulated by certain athletic commissions and is requisite for a male MMA fighter to wear cups as protective gear. Even if you are just training in your gym, it is advisable to be properly equipped.
Let’s learn what do ufc fighters wear under their shorts.
Are Cups Required in UFC? Benefits of Wearing a Cup
The UFC cups are designed in such a way as to distribute the weight of the strike well on the plastic surface. It has a sponge at the inner side that protects the groin from any major impact. Consequently, you feel a hit but it doesn’t affect your groin area in any way.
How Groin Cups Protect from Serious Injuries?
The most obvious benefit of wearing cups is the protection it provides to the groin area. Receiving strikes to this area may lead to serious injuries that take days or even weeks to recover and although it is rare you may have to undergo surgical treatment or suffer permanent damage too. It also provides safety to the fighter while practicing various grappling techniques.
Stretching Made Easier
Stretching before a fight, is one activity whose importance can not be overlooked by MMA fighters at least. Being able to stretch your groin area properly, may it be in training or during the actual competition, can prevent strains and muscle injuries. Some cups such as those built in the compression shorts have high tech quality that aids proper stretching and thus better performance.
Cups To Hold Groin Region in Place
Another very big concern for male fighters is to make their lower body parts stay in place. Otherwise, this can be of great distraction for the fighter. Specially designed cups keep your body parts in place without restricting your movements while sparring.
What Happens If a Fighter Gets Hit in the Groin
Ever heard the phrase ‘hitting below the belt’? Yes, you reached right on point. The phrase originates from here. Fighters are strictly prohibited to hit their opponents on their lower body parts. It not only hurts a lot but may also have some serious effects on your body.
According to the UFC rules, the referee of the match has all the power to take action according to the situation. Usually, if the striker hits unintentionally, he is given a warning by the referee. However, if the striker does it intending to distract or weaken the opponent and the person seems to be in pain, the game is stopped for five minutes. Meanwhile, no doctor or any other help is allowed to check on the area. If the person recovers, the game continues, or else the match is considered drawn or the results are decided against the hitter, all depending on the situation.
Yes, UFC & MMA Allows Groin Cups
Boxers should wear groin guards to protect themselves against all kinds of hits, may it be accidental or intentional hits. You can choose to wear just a cup under your uniform or there are jockstraps or compression shorts with built-in cups. Also, some important criteria like materials and design should be kept in mind when getting one for yourself. Only those cups are advisable which are allowed by a certain commission. Most importantly, the fighter must feel comfortable with it. It should not have any extra padding and certain materials are also prohibited. Still and all, fighters need to wear cups that are approved so they just can’t go into the ring wearing just anything e.g the guards need not be extra padded, and some groin cups are also prohibited so make sure that you see the prohibited list.
So make sure to go through the official regulations thoroughly if you are planning to fight in that ring anytime soon.