When beginning you training in Mixed Martial Arts, there are a variety of items necessary for you training to go smoothly and safely. Some of the most likely MMA gear items are; gloves, shorts, rashguards, shirts, and a BJJ Gi. With new brands joining the fray every day here is a list of the top 5 items you will most likely need when beginning your MMA training.

MMA Gloves

It never used to be that hard to choose MMA Gloves. Now there are all kinds of options, so choose wisely.

There are so many different options available such as:

  • Color
  • Various brands
  • Designs
  • Types of foam padding
  • Wrist support
  • Hybrid gloves which are a cross between Bag Gloves and Sparring Gloves.

Hayabusa makes some of the highest quality Mixed Martial Arts gloves, made up of quality leather and, are also some of the most stylish MMA Gloves in the market. Venum and Bad Boy Fightwear are also some of the top brands in the MMA Gloves market. You can easily pick up a decent pair of MMA Gloves for around $55 to $85.

MMA Shorts

The thing that you need most are your MMA shorts, and similar to gloves, there are many options for shorts. Shorts come in many styles for those that like to be discreet or those who go in for bolder statements. A few of the most popular companies are Venum, Hayabusa, and Bad Boy, and some things to keep watch for are splits on the legs and under panel, thus giving you more flexibility. When looking for quality MMA shorts you should expect to spend in the range of $50 to $80.


MMA rash guards are great for any form of martial arts training. An MMA rash guard will keep your body temperature up while protecting you from ring worm and staph.

These two afflictions happen often in wrestling-based sports, where it’s warm and humid like a training gym. Rash Guards, created from a mixed lycra material, is stretchy, fits snug against the body and comes in both long and short sleeve. When they are worn beneath a BJJ GI (see following section), they aid in the reduction and prevention of friction burns. When looking for quality rashguard you should expect to spend in the range of $30 to $60.

MMA T-Shirts

MMA shirts are one of those ‘must have’ items when you are training, and luckily you will be able to use them before, during or after training, so that you can use it more. The prices of a MMA t-shirts like the American Fighter t-shirts are very reasonable now. Rates for different mixed martial arts companies are very competitive, as MMA has become mainstream.  You can get a great looking t-shirts for under $40.

Similar to shorts, you have many choices and it all depends on what you really like for buying t-shirts. For simpler designs, you are going to want to choose Venum or Jaco, but for rather complicated or bold designs, the better choice would be Hayabus or Tapout.


Even though you may not need this right away depending on the martial arts style you begin with at some point you will begin training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and when you do you will need a BJJ Gi.  When you start training in BJJ you will need a BJJ Gi which are very heavy uniforms and made to withstand a lot of pulling and tugging unlike other uniforms like you see in Taekwondo. A good double weave uniform that will last about 2 years will typically cost between $80-$110. The top quality Gi’s have what they call pearl weave which adds a strength you will need in your Gi. The shrinkage problem in the gold weaves are overcome by the pearl weaves and are also light in weight and strong, Hence are the new addition to BJJ GI in rip stop trousers. Some people prefer these trousers because they are light, yet durable while others feel that they cling too tightly to the legs.

So, there you have it the 5 MMA Gear items you will most likely need when you begin your MMA training.  If you want to check out more ‘must have’ items then check them out in our MMA Gear Store.