The right MMA gloves are crucial to successful practice and competing. And if in fact you ever plan on competing in MMA, investing in a great pair of MMA gloves is going to be a very important decision. With the exception of your mouthpiece, your gloves are going to be the only thing protecting you during combat. Boxing gloves are typically used during heavier sparring sessions, but MMA gloves are worn when a fighter is training during sparring, grappling and or course during competitions. There is a complete difference between sparring with MMA gloves versus boxing gloves. You will notice a difference in reach, timing, finger maneuverability, and padding which is why it is essential for anyone who trains in MMA to get used to how MMA gloves feel during sparring, wrestling and clinching training sessions.