The UFC picks up training insurance for it’s fighters

The UFC has long covered the cost of insuring medical injuries sustained in the cage, so long it’s during the 0 to 25 minutes you’re fighting in one during a UFC event. If you happen to hurt yourself during the 12 week training camp leading up to your fight … not so much. Until June 1st, that is:

Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, has announced that its 350 or so fighters, who are all independent contractors, will now be eligible for what it calls “customized accident insurance coverage.” The policy will cover not just accidental injuries suffered in training, but also injuries suffered in car accidents or other injuries that have nothing to do with the fighters’ MMA careers.

“As this sport continues to grow, we have been working hard to secure additional insurance coverage so that our athletes can perform at the highest levels,” UFC President Dana White said in the announcement. “We’re proud to give our athletes access to this type of insurance.”

Also added:

The new policy adds 24-hour worldwide medical life insurance and dental coverage, as well as emergency medical evacuation. Zuffa will pay 100 percent of the premiums for its athletes and have an employee dedicated to handling and filing all claims.

DENTAL PLAN! DENTAL PLAN! DENTAL PLAN!

This is all pretty awesome news for the sport – the no insurance for fighters injured in training thing was one of the last gripes from fans about the UFC being cheap and greedy. It also came up a lot when people talked about the need for a fighter’s union. Now the complainers left will be idiots like Nick Diaz who want to import boxing’s sport gutting style of giving the headliner all the money and leaving everyone else with nickels and dimes.

  • DSPTomK

    We can thank Lyoto Machida’s tooth removing kick on Randy Couture for the addition of the UFC dental plan.

  • Reverend Clint

    will cris cyborg be able to finish his transition with help from zuffa?

    this really is the most important thing theyve done for a while

  • CAP

    Impressive. Dana may have to stop gambling one night out of the month now.

  • frickshun

    Funny Clint.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    It’s a celebration, bitches!

  • matthewpolly

    I wouldn’t say this precludes the need for a fighter’s union, but it certainly a positive step in the right direction. Too many UFC fighters have gotten hurt during training and don’t have any health insurance to cover costs. Looking forward to 401k’s. It’s not like regular UFC marketing, PR, etc. employees don’t have these benefits. Why not the fighters? After all, everyone else’s job depends on their performances.

  • scissors61

    This is fucking excellent news. Just reading an article on mmajunkie about it and Malki Kawa (manages Jon Jones among others) made the point that this may reduce fighters using steroids and other illicit substances to treat injuries on the cheap, which I think is a really salient point. This is a really positive development. 

  • subo

    LISA NEEDS BRACES!

  • Razzle

    Wait! If I lose my dental plan ill have to pay for lisa’s braces!

  • Letibleu

    Almost as exciting as watching a topless girl squatting in a dryer playing an antique accordion.

    SNAP 

    DAMN IM GOOD!

  • Letibleu

  • scissors61

    that’s a concertina, not an accordion 

    SNAP 

    cute girl, though. 

  • Letibleu

    I got this pic from http://www.broshemales.com

    SNAP!

     

    Nice concertina, though.

     

  • scissors61

    i reckon you got it from deleteyourself, but still a nice try 

     

  • iamphoenix

  • CAP

    ^that’s kinda scary

  • frickshun

    I got wood.

  • CAP

    That might be Dan Hardy!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Oh shit, Cap ftw.

  • Roxy

    What’s in it for the UFC?

  • Roxy

    What’s in it for the UFC?

  • Omomatta

    This whole insurance idea sounds like the work of Mr. Fancypants Business Man Chuck Liddell. Good job punchy!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’d say they’ve offset the leading cause for a union, while also avoiding bad press for things like Joe Daddy’s Mexican Vacation.

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