Originally Posted by jayBMX
There are enough issues with broken hands
Over time, the issue would resolve itself. The sport would change out of necessity. As it stands now, guys will continue to wing haymakers in the general direction of their opponents' heads with no regard for where they're actually going to land. The comfort of the handwraps and gloves are what allow that and that's why hands break. Take those things away and I believe that eventually those numbers would go down significantly.
You rarely break hands on chins or noses so accuracy would become more important, well placed strikes would take the place of wild punching exchanges, the Thai clinch would be used more, we'd see a lot of elbows and knees on the inside and kicks on the outside, guys would start punching to the body more, eventually we'd see more Diaz style half power volume punching, etc. This isn't even taking into account how many more submissions would happen because of how much the gloves hinder grapplers.
The gloves are actually causing the broken hands because of the style they encourage fighters to employ, the problem is though that the unrealistic "stand and bang" bullshit is exactly what morons want to see so the UFC would never support getting rid of the gloves. Change the design all you want but broken hands are always going to be an issue as long as they're being used. I don't trust those Bellator stats either, Pitbull broke his hand with those new gloves and they've just attempted to sweep that under the rug so who knows how many others that's happened with already.
The shinguard thing is laughable and not even worth addressing.