With the 2019 UFC slate of pay-per-view events in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on what’s happening this year.
As most fans know by now, the first major card of the new decade is UFC 246. It’ll take place on January 18, 2020, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The headline fight is a much-anticipated bout between two-division champion Conor McGregor and UFC legend Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
The Showdown of the Year
McGregor, arguably the sport’s greatest star, hasn’t fought since October 2018, when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. But with a win on January 18, he could get a rematch with Nurmagomedov (assuming the champion defeats Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April).
Cerrone, who had previously won three events in a row (and four out of five) is coming into the McGregor fight having lost back-to-back events to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Overall, Cerrone has shown a decline in performance over the last three years. Since the start of 2017, he has a record of just 4-6. Prior to 2017, however, his career record was an impressive 32-7. A victory over McGregor would make a huge statement.
Other fights on the UFC 246 card include Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington, Aleksei Oleinik vs. Maurice Greene, Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso, and Anthony Pettis vs. Diego Ferreira.
Mouthguards and MMA Safety
As we prepare for UFC 246 and the McGregor-Cerrone fight, it’s important to take a moment and consider just how essential mouthguards are to the safety of MMA. Not only have they become mandatory in the ring, but they’ve also become essential to the overall well-being of the fighters who climb inside.
According to industry research, the injury rate amongst MMA fighters is approximately 23 percent. And of all injuries sustained, 66 percent are to the head and face area. By one count, 59 percent of all dental injuries suffered in boxing and MMA are tooth fractures.
Mouthguards help curb these statistics and keep fighters safer. When choosing an MMA mouthguard, we recommend paying attention to factors like:
- Proper Fit: It’s imperative that the mouthguard fits the fighter well. It should remain securely in place (no teeth-clenching required) even if jostled. The mouthguard should also be comfortable to wear – no pain, discomfort, or rubbing.
- Certification: It’s very important that any UFC mouthguard be fully certified for quality and safety. All Makura mouthguards are fully CE certified with Level 2 and Level 3 Impact Resistance. (The BOIL & BITE TEPHRA MAX, for example, is Level 3. This highest level possible.)
- Features: Finally, any fighter should consider the features he or she wants in a mouthguard. Things like flexible liners, gel-based forms, and shock-absorbing outers are all worth learning about and considering. Furthermore, if you have braces or other situational factors, you’ll need to think about additional features to keep you safe.
With so many different styles, terms, and features, it’s easy to become overwhelmed or confused. The key is to do your research and understand exactly what you need to be safe. Armed with the right information, you can make a wise purchase.
Check Out Makura Sport Mouthguards
At Makura Sport, we take pride in offering the best MMA mouthguards in the industry. As you get excited for the McGregor-Cerrone UFC fight later this month, make sure you consider the importance of proper safety.
For more information about how Makura Sport mouthguards are apt for MMA fighters of all skill levels, please browse our website and blog!
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