“As real as it gets” is the UFC slogan describing just how realistic fighting in our sport can be. But before the fighters launch into one of the punches to the face, they share a moment of respect, a moment of peace that represents their mutual recognition for the fight to come at that moment – the touch of the gloves.
Fighters can fight for 15-25 minutes, but the mutual respect and the sport of MMA never goes away. The spirit of martial arts is always with them.
In this first edition of ‘Touch of Gloves’, we see that spirit come to life as fighters, coaches and more show their appreciation to the people they think particularly deserve a shout out for what they did in 2021. :