“Arbitrary” Ontario Gym Closures Vulnerable to Legal Challenge?

The marathon Covid-19 pandemic has seen no shortage of government orders intruding on the liberties of normal life. The vast majority of these are lawful and within the power of government. That said governments can go too far and recent arbitrary rules for which athletes can and cannot go to the gym in Ontario may … More “Arbitrary” Ontario Gym Closures Vulnerable to Legal Challenge?

Study Looks At Boxer and MMA Fighter Brain Health By Weight Class

Adding to this site’s database of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal Neurology looking at the relationship between fighter brain health and weight class. In the recent study, titled Effect of Professional Fighters’ Weight Class on Regional Brain Volume, Cognition, and Other Neuropsychiatric Outcomes, the authors looked at data from … More Study Looks At Boxer and MMA Fighter Brain Health By Weight Class

Study Finds Earlier Exposure To Fighting Linked To Worse Long Term Brain Health

In the latest data to come from the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study (PFBHS) findings were recently published in the Journal Neurology noting that there were “significant correlations” between adverse brain health based on how young fighters were when they began competing. In the recent study titled Earlier Age of First Exposure to Competitive Fighting … More Study Finds Earlier Exposure To Fighting Linked To Worse Long Term Brain Health

Mark Hunt Ordered to Pay UFC $388,235 in Legal Costs

Reasons for judgement were recently published by the United States District Court in Nevada ordering Mark Hunt to pay the UFC $388,235 in attorney fees and costs in his ongoing doping lawsuit against the UFC. (note – the reasons were signed March 25, 2021. Since that time Hunt partially succeeded in reviving two of his … More Mark Hunt Ordered to Pay UFC $388,235 in Legal Costs

Study – Less Than 6% of Combat Sports Coaches Showed Adequate Concussion Knowledge

Fighting is objectively violent. In many ways athletes participating in full contact sports know what they are getting into. But in many other ways they do not as research has recently demonstrated. Some injuries, like concussions and the neurodegenerative disease CTE which is linked to repeated concussive and subconcussive blows, are subtle but could have … More Study – Less Than 6% of Combat Sports Coaches Showed Adequate Concussion Knowledge

Study Shows Fighters Taking 10x More Head Impacts in Training vs Competition

CTE is linked to repetitive head hits. Not just concussive hits but routine subconcussive impacts. The brain simply is not designed to be rattled on a repeated basis. If you are a competitive full contact fighter getting hit in the head during a bout is inevitable. Its part of the trade. Sparring is an important … More Study Shows Fighters Taking 10x More Head Impacts in Training vs Competition

Study – Fighter Who Gains Most Weight “Significantly Predicts” Bout Winner in MMA

Several studies have previously been published detailing the effect that rapid extremes weight cuts (which are common in mixed martial arts and to a lesser extent boxing) can have on athletic performance. Over and above the many injuries and even deaths linked to these practices athletic commissions often hope to persuade athletes to avoided rapid … More Study – Fighter Who Gains Most Weight “Significantly Predicts” Bout Winner in MMA

“You Don’t Play Boxing” – Frat House Boxing Homicide Leads to Questions

News of a tragic amateur boxing death is making headlines this week. Nathan Valencia, UNLV student, succumbed to injuries and passed away after participating in a frat house run “fight night”. NBC News reports that “the Clark County coroner confirmed Tuesday that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and classified … More “You Don’t Play Boxing” – Frat House Boxing Homicide Leads to Questions

ABC Suspends 20 Bare Knuckle Fighters in Legally Murky Circumstances

MMAJunkie’s Nolan King did a good job documenting the recent suspension of 20 bare knuckle boxers by the Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”). The fighters competed on a card called BKFC Fight Night Montana. The State does not have a ABC member boxing commission. The promoter, BKFC, apparently reached out to State authorities and were … More ABC Suspends 20 Bare Knuckle Fighters in Legally Murky Circumstances

Ringside Doctors Discuss Mouthguards and Concussion Reduction in Combat Sports

The Association of Ringside Physicians (“ARP”) recently published a position statement about the use of mouthguards in combat sports. They noted their view that “mouth guards should be used in all high- and intermediate-risk sports, including contact and combat sports, to aid in the prevention of orofacial trauma“. In terms of the type of mouth … More Ringside Doctors Discuss Mouthguards and Concussion Reduction in Combat Sports