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Top 10 MMA Gear & Clothing Brands

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There are a lot of brands of MMA gear out there and it can be confusing even for seasoned competitors, let alone absolute beginners. If you’re looking to start training, or just to upgrade your gear, we’ve put together this list of the best brands to look for when you’re buying MMA gear. Here’s the criteria for making this list…




To appear here, the brand MUST..

  • Be readily available and easy to order.
  • Be recognized by fighters and coaches alike.
  • Have a reputation of quality.

With that out of the way, here’s the bare minimum of what we recommend in terms of gear for people who want to train MMA. Don’t show up to practice without…

  • MMA/Grappling Shorts & Rash Guards
  • MMA Gloves & Boxing Gloves
  • A Mouthpiece
  • A Head Guard
  • Knee Pads
  • Shin Guards
  • Groin Protector
  • Handwraps
  • Any other gear you won’t leave home without? Leave a comment and let us know.

“I have broken people mentally, even before sparring them, by them knowing how well prepared I am by them seeing my gear bag.” – Matt Dempsey, MMA Fighter

 

1. Bad Boy

In the mid-90s Bad Boy expanded to all mainstream sports including football, NASCAR, and baseball players. The brand made the cover of USA Today in 1994 after sending a “Bad Boy On Strike” shirt to every player during the MLB players strike. At the same time, Bad Boy began working with Rickson Gracie to put on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminars which evolved in to a full-fledged Vale Tudo team featuring Wallid Ismail, Renzo Gracie, and Fernando Yamasaki. The team expanded by supporting young fighters in tournaments Like Mark Kerr and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira before they made it to Pride or the UFC. Bad Boy started in the early 1980s as a local surf and skate brand based in Southern California sponsoring rough and tumble athletes like Hawaiian heavy Johnny Boy Gomes

Bad Boy began working with Rickson Gracie to put on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminars which evolved in to a full-fledged Vale Tudo team featuring Wallid Ismail, Renzo Gracie, and Fernando Yamasaki. The team expanded by supporting young fighters in tournaments Like Mark Kerr and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira before they made it to Pride or the UFC.

Sponsored fighters: Chris Weidman, Alexander Gustafsson, Demian Maia

Known for: Apparel and performance equipment.

A lot of the brands on this list either make mma gear or mma clothing (one or the other) but Bad Boy, out of America, is known for making both. This alternative lifestyle brand started off humbly in the 80s with apparel for motorcross riders, skaters and sufters in California. About a decade later, they started sponsoring Rickson Gracie and got a lot of attention in the Jiu-Jitsu community. As Vale Tudo took off in Brazil in the 90s and many fighters were feeling hindered by the Gi, Bad Boy introduced their first mma shorts which have gone on to be worm by countless legendary fighters, and Bad Boy hasn’t changed a thing. Why fuss around when you’ve got it right? They also make a huge assortment of equipment for training, sparring and for fighting.

There’s no guarantee that rocking Bad Boy gear is going to give you what it takes to beat the greatest MMA fighter ever two times in a row, or to take Jon Jones through 5 brutal rounds, but it probably couldn’t hurt either.

 

2. Hayabusa

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The Japanese code of Bushido demanded each warrior craft their weapons and armor with a reverence and degree of workmanship unparalleled in any culture. Hayabusa continues to employ the essence of this code in its dedication to scientific advancement, precision engineering and unmatched performance in every aspect of production.

Sponsored fighters: Chael Sonnen, Roy Nelson, Rory Macdonald

Known for: Damn-near just about every type of training & mma gear.

Hayabusa makes great quality gear, equipment and clothing. With a product lineup featuring everything from footgrips to heavy bags, you can even buy a box of Jiu Jitsu black belts to hand out haphazardly like the Nogueira brothers. Not to be confused with the spacecraft or motorcycle of the same name, Hayabusa takes pride in a rich and evolving tradition, much like that of martial arts.

3. Revgear

Revgear Sports manufactures and distributes their own lines of professional MMA gear, Mixed Martial Arts Clothing and Apparel, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, Fitness, Taekwondo, Karate and General School and Gym equipment and apparel.

Revgear Sports manufactures and distributes their own lines of professional MMA gear, Mixed Martial Arts Clothing and Apparel, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, Fitness, Taekwondo, Karate and General School and Gym equipment and apparel.

Sponsored fighters: Tim Kennedy, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira

Known for: Pro-quality fight gear and everything you need for MMA training.

Revgear has been around for nearly 20 years and they make training equipment, gloves, wraps, shorts, protective gear and more. Revgear even makes stuff for gym owners like cages, mats, tools for the gym and more. Anything just getting started will want to check out Revgear’s stand up bundle, it’s a great way to have your own quality gear without breaking the bank.

4. Venum

Venum is a manufacturer of Mixed Martial Arts Apparel and Equipment. They currently sponsor some of the best MMA-fighters in the world, including Lyoto Machida, Carlos Condit, Jose Aldo, Miesha Tate, Mauricio Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Fabrício Werdum, Martin Kampmann, Jim Miller, and Brad Pickett.

Venum is a manufacturer of Mixed Martial Arts Apparel and Equipment. They currently sponsor some of the best MMA-fighters in the world, including Lyoto Machida, Carlos Condit, Jose Aldo, Miesha Tate, Mauricio Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Fabrício Werdum, Martin Kampmann, Jim Miller, and Brad Pickett.

Sponsored fighters: Jose Aldo, Carlos Condit, Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida, Shogun

Known for: Initially shorts, now a wide-range of mma equipment.

The Venum Fight Short Company started off in Brazil just under 10 years ago, but it isn’t until recently that they started t gain more notoriety in the United States. Word of the brand spread thanks to the quality of the products, which is always encouraging. Sponsoring 10 UFC fighters in a single card doesn’t hurt with visibility, either. Venum first infiltrated the grappling community, and then word spread quickly and now they’re one of the top brands for MMA gear. Venum is involved in a nasty court case with Nike, who own the trademark the brand “Venom” so who knows, maybe Venum stuff will be a collector’s item soon… But hopefully they’re able to continue making great gear without having to give up the brand name they’ve worked hard to build over the years.

5. Shock Doctor

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Since being awarded our first mouthguard patent in 1992, Shock Doctor has never stopped innovating the science of mouthguard technology. Today, Shock Doctor mouthguards feature state of the art multi-layer technology and advanced custom gel fitting all in lighter weight and lower profile designs.

Sponsored athletes: A number of pro athletes in the NHL, NFL, MLB…

Known for: Mouth guards and other protective gear.

Some people can pull off the missing tooth look, but if you’re not ODB from the Wu-Tang Clan then chances are you’ll want to protect your pearly whites, and that’s where Shock Doctor comes in. Mouth guards start at about $5 and can be picked up at any sporting goods store, but if you’re going to be training and sparring you need to step it up and get something better. It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of a good mouth guard. Along with keeping your teeth in line, Shock Doctor also makes a lot of other protective gear for MMA and boxing.

6. TapouT

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TapouT is a leading mixed martial arts apparel and lifestyle brand. The company was started by founder Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., and has since become a pioneer of the MMA movement.

Sponsored fighters:  Johny Hendricks, Roy Nelson,Donald Cerrone, Robbie Lawler

Known for: MMA Apparel

TapouT is right up there with Affliction in terms of being the most visible clothing brands for mma fans. Tapout also sells some random pieces of gear but  it’s not their forte. They’ve quite possibly sponsored more pro fighters than any other brand, and are deeply rooted in mixed martial arts and have had a notable impact on the growth of the sport. If this was my brand I probably would have called it “Don’t TapouT“, but it doesn’t really have the same oomph so it’s a good thing this isn’t my brand.

7. Under Armour

It started with a simple plan to make a superior T-shirt. A shirt that provided compression and wicked perspiration off your skin rather than absorb it. A shirt that worked with your body to regulate temperature and enhance performance. Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel - gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout.

It started with a simple plan to make a superior T-shirt. A shirt that provided compression and wicked perspiration off your skin rather than absorb it. A shirt that worked with your body to regulate temperature and enhance performance.
Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel – gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout.

Sponsored fighters: GSP

Known for: Athletic apparel and shoes.

Under Armour not a typical MMA equipment or clothing brand in the sense that they don’t sponsor a lot of fighters or even have a huge presence in the sport, but they made huge waves when they inked a deal with MMA’s top star, Georges St. Pierre. Despite not really having a strong focus on martial arts in particular (or at all, really), they’re still a leader when it comes to compression shirts and shorts and athletic clothing to wear while training.

8. Affliction

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Affliction: the passion that drives us to reach for greatness. We are inspired by those who live fast and are willing to endure pain and suffering to push the limits of what is possible. You embrace the ideology of never say I cant, but I am the first who ever has.

Sponsored fighters: Frankie Edgar, Alexander Gustafsson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Randy Couture

Known for: Lifestyle apparel, a short-lived MMA promotion that paid fighters 3x+ what the UFC paid.

Affliction is the top brand of mma clothing for fans and fighters alike. You may get some dirty looks from hipsters for wearing mma clothing, but just armbar them and they’ll typically learn to accept your dominance at the top of the food chain. Affliction also makes Xtreme Couture clothing if you’re old school like that. They were banned from sponsoring any fighters when they started up their own MMA promotion years ago, but it didn’t last long and they’re back on Dana’s lap.

9. Century

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Founded by the same reputable organization recognized as the world’s largest martial art supplier, Century MMA has risen to the challenge to answer the demands of all mixed martial art enthusiasts. We strive daily to deliver only the best MMA brands and products with the same dedication to customer service and satisfaction our parent company, Century Martial Arts has, espoused for over 35 years.

Sponsored fighters: Johny Hendricks, Shane Roller

Known for: Huge assortment of pretty decent gear and equipment.

Century is a solid brand if you’re looking for value. Most of their gear isn’t top-level professional-quality stuff, but the price is right and there’s definitely a market for that. Not everyone needs or can afford the very best when they’re just starting out, especially if they’re just into MMA as a hobby without any professional aspirations. The nice thing about Century MMA is that their selection is massive, they have everything you could imagine for training or fighting in an assortment of martial arts. When you get more experience and want to step it up, there’s always room to upgrade but century makes the list because they’re an excellent starting point.

10. Vote Below! 

We’re leaving the 10th spot up to you guys, so leave a comment below and let us know which MMA brand is  your favorite and should get the wildcard spot.  Soon, we’ll tally up the votes and add the winner right here. There’s always someone who gets left out of top 10 lists, so  this time we’re leaving it  up to you. It’s democracy in action! 

 





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