“Yes, you are more likely to get injured if you are participating in mixed martial arts, but the injury severity is less overall than in boxing,” explained lead study author Shelby Karpman, sports medicine physician at Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, University of Alberta in Canada.
“Most of the blood you see in mixed martial arts is from bloody noses or facial cuts; it doesn’t tend to be as severe but looks a lot worse than it actually is,” Karpman noted.
A decade’s worth of data were collected and reviewed from medical examinations for analysis of mixed martial arts and boxing matches and the researchers came to a closure to their study stating that mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters face a slightly higher risk of minor injuries.
However, Boxers more prone to face serious harm from concussions and other head trauma, loss of consciousness, eye injuries, smashed noses and even broken bones.
The study comprise review of post-fight records from 1,181 MMA fighters and 550 boxers who fought matches in Edmonton between 2003 and 2013.
The researchers found that 59.4 percent of MMA fighters suffered severe injury in their bouts — significantly higher than the injury rate of 49.8 percent for boxers.
Though most of these injuries were bruises and contusions but primarily boxers were found to be more likely to experience loss of consciousness during the bout (7.1 percent compared with 4.2 percent for MMA fighters) or serious eye injuries.
Due to injuries suffered during bouts, boxers are also the one who significantly receive medical suspensions.
The research was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.