Some notes about UFC’s historic health insurance coverage for fighters

Leave it to Dana White to counter program President Obama’s revolutionary new healthcare system. In fact it’s so revolutionary that I fully don’t even understand it, but I’ll trust anyone who ordered the clandestine mission to exterminate Osama bin Laden. If the President’s healthcare plan is anything like Dana White’s unprecedented health insurance cover for all ZUFFA fighters, then I’m sure we can all play flag football this weekend in with the knowledge that any bump, bruise or broken leg will be covered on ZUFFA’s tab.

Earlier today, ZUFFA press released that after years of work, they’ve finally achieved a deal to have full health insurance coverage for all ZUFFA fighters effective June 1st. Sorry Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar. Just minutes ago, a conference call was held and I jotted down some rather important notes that you may want to borrow for your mental index.

  • Each fighter will have $50,000 USD in annual coverage.
  • Coverage will be in any type of accident (slipping on ice, automobile accident…etc.) Full coverage.
  • Separate from if the fighter is injured in an event. Actually, fighters now have two separate policies protecting them.
  • It doesn’t cover if someone gets a cold, flu…etc.
  • They didn’t want there to be any disputes from insurance companies, so they covered every accident.
  • Very narrow group of insurance companies that wanted to participate.
  • As long as fighters under contract, they have insurance.
  • The health plan is for UFC and Strikeforce fighters.
  • They wanted a full coverage insurance company since day one of acquiring UFC.
  • Dana White wanted to announce the new insurance policy when Chuck Liddell retired, but the details weren’t quite ironed out.
  • If a fighter is cut after a fight, all damage sustained in the fight will be covered.
  • Staph infections will probably not be covered.
  • Name of the insurance company is called ‘Houston Casualty’.
  • No restrictions on what fighters can’t do (skiing, bungee jumping…etc).
  • Ground breaking stuff, never been done in the history of combat sports.
Published on May 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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