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Zuffa announces fighter healthcare plan.
Zuffa announced yesterday, that they'll be offering healthcare coverage to all fighters under contract with them, up to $50,000 annually.
- Coverage will include getting hurt outside of an event.
- Most importantly (because this is Zuffa who are cut-happy) if a fighter is cut following a fight, the damage sustained in the fight, is covered.
- Zuffa pays the premiums
- All 350 fighters under contract will be covered eff. June 1
- includes dental
My personal opinion is, this is being done to head off a fighters union organizing around this very issue (as well as pay). It's a great thing, whatever the motivation(s), and I'm thrilled for the fighters. This has been sorely missing in this fast-growing-sport.
From a Zuffa press release:
To date, Zuffa event-related insurance has always met or exceeded Athletic Commission requirements and has covered all injuries sustained during competition. After exploring the purchase of “training insurance” for its athletes for several years – much of which was met with difficulty in finding an insurance company willing to insure mixed martial artists – Zuffa officials were able to secure a comprehensive plan through A+ rated Houston Casualty.
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.
Opinions Bullies...how awesome is this?