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Study: MMA poses more risk of brain injury than boxing

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MMA fighters spar in Spartanburg Martial Arts gym (FOX Carolina) MMA fighters spar in Spartanburg Martial Arts gym (FOX Carolina)
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A new study suggests mixed martial arts poses more of a risk for head injury than boxing, but local supporters of the fastest-growing sport in the world say it is no more dangerous than any other contact sport.

The University of Toronto published their findings in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

The study found that of 844 MMA bouts, 13 percent resulted in knockouts - a higher percentage than in boxing.

Rick Lee, an instructor at Spartanburg Martial Arts, admitted MMA made him nervous before he allowed it at his facility, but he said he's been impressed by the sport's evolution.

"They've added rules to MMA," said Lee. "Originally, there were no rules, now they have pads, the referees will step in to stop a fight much quicker than they used to."

"Risk and reward in everything," said Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Blake Wood. "But just like football - how long is a linebacker's career going to be? There's people in their 40s still fighting in the UFC."

Wood warned the televised cage fighting events may portray the sport in a misleading light. In those events, fighters wear minimal padding. The study admittedly focused on professional fighters.

Lee said MMA is no more dangerous than any other sport, despite the findings of the study. Proper training and safety measures, including lots of padding, should be used to avoid any type of injury, he said.

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