We here at TheFightNerd.com have done a lot of wild things in the name of science, especially when it comes to protection. The important kind of protection – your junk. We have reviewed a few different groin cups before, including one named The Nutty Buddy where we dropped a kettlebell on it. However, this might be the first time where we have reviewed a groin cup that might inflict damage on the poor sap who makes the mistake of kicking it! Diamond MMA was founded by Craig Diamond, with the idea of offering the best solution to untimely nut kicks in high-impact sports, including baseball and soccer. Their cups are worn by guys like Chael Sonnen, Anthony Pettis, Michael Chandler, and Cain Velasquez to just name a few, so this might be the real deal – only one way to find out for sure!
The Diamond MMA Compression Jock Shorts & Cup System is their lead product, and can be fit to waist sizes as small as 28″ all the way up to a 44″ waist. Made from 82% nylon and 18% elastane, these shorts were designed to last. The elastane material has better tear resistance and durability compared to rubber and other flexible fabrics, and a tension capacity two or three times greater, at a third of the weight. Elastane is typically used in tights and athletic gear (especially swimming), and much like memory foam, it always reverts to its original shape while conforming to the wearer when in use.
The shorts feature a drawstring around the waist, although you will likely not need it since the shorts do fit nicely without even using it. The cup fits into a pouch on the front, along with two leg straps that you can slide into. This compression system negates the need for compression shorts AND a jock strap, since it is both in one convenient pair of pants (which come in three colors if you want to look stylish while wearing this).
The cup itself is made out of a solid and sturdy plastic, with a hard rubber coating on the outside to make it more comfortable to wear. Despite being hard, the cup does not feel brittle, but instead feels thick and strong. The cup is one solid piece, as opposed to a Shock Doctor that is normally a few pieces attached to each other, but features a unique shape that makes this piece of protection stand out from the rest. The cup gets its name from the diamond shape that the plastic is in, although the tip is thankfully flattened.
Most cups are curved anyway, but this one adds some lines to the curve that add to the function as much as the form, meaning that mid-point on the cup adds some stopping power if you get a knee in the groin. People will definitely think twice about intentional fouls, or even just trying to put a leg between you to pass guard when they feel that cup dig into their own body. It’s ultra-comfortable for the wearer, and painful for the poor guy that tries to knee your naughty bits!
Overall, I really liked this groin cup, and it is one of the best cups you can get, especially if you plan on going pro. You can order the Diamond MMA Compression Jock Shorts & Cup System from the Diamond MMA website for $90. It’s comfortable enough that you may not even want to wear shorts over it and just treat it like vale tudo shorts, and it goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting the most valuable treasure you have – your family jewels. When I looked up more info on this product, I came across a ton of very positive and complimentary reviews about not just the product, but the customer service. I dealt with Craig directly for a bit about the product, and he was super helpful. Turns out he treats everyone the same way, polite and ready to answer any and all questions you may have so that you can be fitted to the proper size. Plus, my package came with a coupon for $5 off my next purchase, so Diamond MMA is truly building some brand loyalty on all fronts, and I hope that the company branches off into some other products so we can see what else they are capable of.