Glove design has been a topic of controversy in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for years, with the organization’s current design receiving blame for the prevalence of inadvertent eye pokes.
While there have long been rumors of a redesign in the works, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan seems to have confirmed that the promotion is indeed working on a solution. Rogan, who has been vocal about the need to address the finger poke issue, spoke about it on the Fight Companion segment of his "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast when he spilled the beans on the new gloves before clamming up in a rather cloak-and-dagger fashion.
”That’s a real problem, man, and there is a solution in the works,” Rogan said. “I can’t talk about it. I’m sworn to secrecy. They have a better glove design that they’re working on right now. I’ve already said too much. I’m sworn to secrecy.”
Rogan has expressed in the past his opinion that the best-designed glove to prevent eye pokes was the one used by Japanese promotion Pride Fighting Championships. Unlike the UFC’s glove, which separates the fingers and keeps them free, the Pride glove tended to push the fingers down and inward.