Joe Rogan said that if the UFC will allow the use of head gears and padded gloves, it will aggravate more injuries and not having safety features for fighters. His comments came after safety issues were raised after the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho in Ireland Monday night.
TMZ was able to catch up with the 48-year old UFC commentator who stated that it would be better for fighters not to wear any padded gloves and that the use of head gears are far worse also to fighters. He added that he has no specifics about the death of Carvalho, but the use of more paddling is not the answer.
“It’s actually better to have no pads…You’ll take less brain impact than with pads,” Rogan said.
He also explained that there is a theory that the wearing of headgear during a fight is even worse as it aggravates the brain as the fighter moves and even when the fighter is being hit by a punch as well.
“There’s actually an argument that wearing headgear is worse,” Rogan added.
The Guardian reported that the 28-year old Carvalho fell ill minutes after being a knockout by Charlie Ward in the Total Extreme Fighting held in Dublin over the weekend. According to the report, medical staff attended to Carvalho and was then later rushed to the Beaumont Hospital where he underwent a medical surgery. However, Carvalho’s body was not able to recover from the injuries and died Monday night.
Because of the incident, Ireland’s Minister of Sports Michael Ring has moved for the regulation of mixed martial arts in the country. Ring told RTE Radio 1 as quoted by The Guardian that mixed martial arts must be regulated as the danger that comes with the sport is of great interest to a human life.
“Clearly there’s a problem … This particular sport is not regulated, has not looked for regulation and has not looked to be part of the Sports Ireland program. They are not getting any funding from the state. Two years ago I saw this danger coming down the line. I’ve had many meetings with people who are concerned about this and I wrote to these professional bodies,” Ring explained.
“I wrote to 17 operators in February of 2014, outlining to them that I expect the safety standards that exist in other sports in Ireland that they would comply with this regulations. If there’s any other major sporting event in the country, there’s national governing bodies. Whoever is hosting that event has to comply with those safety standards and we need to bring in some kind of regulation to deal with this new phenomenon.”
On the other hand, UFC champ Conor McGregor, who is an Irish as well, defended the mixed martial arts with his post on his Facebook account. McGegror stated that it would be easy for anybody outside mixed martial arts to hand their judgment on the sport, but he hopes that people would remember Carvalho as a champion, who went to pursue his dream through mixed martial arts.
“It is easy for those on the outside to criticize our way of living, but for the millions of people around the world who have had their lives, their health, their fitness and their mental strength all changed for the better through combat, this is truly a bitter pill to swallow. We have lost one of us. I hope we remember João as a champion, who pursued his dream doing what he loved, and show him the eternal respect and admiration he deserves,” McGregor stated.
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