Clinch Gear was founded in 2003 in Southern California, with a specific focus on providing the world’s best-performing shorts for mixed martial arts and grappling. The original Clinch Gear design represented the world’s first true Performance Board Shorts, establishing a tradition of innovation that continues to this day.
Clinch Gear was the first shorts brand to incorporate expansion panels on the sides and crotch for maximum flexibility and comfort. The proprietary forward-folding waistband is the most secure closure system in combat sports, free of chafing or irritation.
Dan Henderson was one of Clinch Gear’s first and highest-profile athlete, earned an equity interest in the company with each fight rather than financial compensation. In 2006, he acquired the brand in full and made a significant personal investment to support its growth.
Today, Clinch Gear is one of the oldest and most respected brands in the MMA industry. Clinch Gear’s impeccable reputation is based upon a singular focus on product quality—from materials to assembly, we continue to set the standard for MMA performance apparel.
While Dan Henderson will forever be Clinch Gear’s leader and visionary, a bevy of world-class athletes have joined him in representing the brand, including Fedor Emelianenko, Cung Le, Herschel Walker, Phil Davis, Tarec Saffiedine and Tyron Woodley.
Clinch Gear has also gained a considerable following in amateur wrestling, having introduced Performance Board Shorts to the high school and collegiate wrestling ranks.