9% of Bare Knuckle Boxing Bouts Result in Facial Fractures

Adding to this site’s data base of combat sports safety studies, a recent study was published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery reviewing facial injury rates from hundreds of regulated bare knuckle boxing bouts. In the study, titled, Maxillofacial Trauma Patterns in Bare-Knuckle Fighting, the authors reviewed the results of professional bare-knuckle matches that occurred … More 9% of Bare Knuckle Boxing Bouts Result in Facial Fractures

Strangulation Case Study Highlights Verified Injuries from Sportive “Chokes”

This month the Journal of Emergency Medicine published the latest paper addressing health and safety issues relating to strangulations from grappling sports such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and other martial arts. The lead author of the paper was Dr. Samuel Stellpflug, an ER Physician and BJJ black belt who is one of the leading … More Strangulation Case Study Highlights Verified Injuries from Sportive “Chokes”

Brain Health Ignorance Allegations Fuel Lawsuit Following Boxer Death

A lawsuit was filed following the death of a teenage hobbyist boxer in Australia. The boxer, George Diamond, passed away after sustaining traumatic brain injury in 2019 while sparring. Shortly before that the teenager suffered a concussion while sparring at the same gym. The teen’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Supreme Court in … More Brain Health Ignorance Allegations Fuel Lawsuit Following Boxer Death

Let’s Talk South Carolina Fight Laws and “Breast Exams”

If you read state, provincial and other combat sports laws and regulations you often come across out of date, bizarre and sometimes outright wrong legislation on the books. Enter South Carolina. This week I had reason to review South Carolina’s combative sports landscape and came across a law that seems to have no business being … More Let’s Talk South Carolina Fight Laws and “Breast Exams”

Nevada Holding Public Hearing About Possible Combat Sports Rules Overhaul

The Nevada State Athletic Commission, one of the most influential in combat sports, has published a notice of public workshop for public feedback on proposed overhauled combat sports regulations. The workshop is scheduled Monday, August 15, 10am – 12pm at 3300 W Sahara Ave., Red Rock Room #440, Las Vegas, NV 89102 The Commission has … More Nevada Holding Public Hearing About Possible Combat Sports Rules Overhaul

Over 200 Fighters Petition ABC For A Seat At The Table

Update August 2, 2022 – As of this morning the letter has grown to over 215 names. At the bottom of the article is the latest list of all fighters backing this initiative who signed the open letter to the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports asking for fighters to have a seat at … More Over 200 Fighters Petition ABC For A Seat At The Table

Study Finds “Conclusive Evidence” Repetitive Head Impacts Cause CTE

Correlation Does Not Equal Causation. Sometimes things are related. But it does not mean one is caused by the other. Science moves slowly and cautiously and now a study has been published taking the important step saying repetitive head impacts in fact “cause” CTE. A research paper, published in Frontiers of Neurology titled Applying the … More Study Finds “Conclusive Evidence” Repetitive Head Impacts Cause CTE

ABC Proposes New “Grounded Fighter” Rule in MMA

Perhaps no rule is more dis-unified under the unified rules than the grounded fighter rule. Despite the near unanimous adoption of a change to this rule at the ABC Annual Conference in 2016 jurisdictions have been very scattered in formally adopting the rule to their own state laws / regulations. To fix this the ABC … More ABC Proposes New “Grounded Fighter” Rule in MMA

ABC Voting on MMA “Eye Poke Foul” Change And More

Update July 27, 2022 – Today both the below rules were adopted and now form part of the ABC’s unified rules. There were some minor adjustments to the neoprene sleeve rule confirming a competitor cannot grab their own sleeve advantageously. I will further update this article once I receive a copy of the final text … More ABC Voting on MMA “Eye Poke Foul” Change And More