UFC President Dana White left a rather vague answer to a question from fans about UFC fighters receiving health benefits.
Dana White participated in impromptu Q&A with UFC analyst and on-air personality Karyn Bryant on Instagram. During the question-and-answer session, an Instagram user asked Dana White if the UFC would offer its fighters full-time health benefits even after their careers ended.
Another notable point raised in the question was that the health benefits could help UFC fighters cope with the issues that turn their lives upside down as a result of their fighting careers. The question read as follows –
“Will the UFC ever offer their fighters full-time health benefits so they can have them after their careers are over and possibly face life-changing combat issues (?) “
Dana White responded to this with a subtle and concise response which read as follows –
Right now, the UFC is offering health benefits to active members of its roster who are facing injury issues related to a fight or training camp. In other words, if a fighter sustains an injury during a fight or is injured during training camp, they will receive medical benefits from the UFC insurance policy.
Prior to 2011, the UFC did not offer health benefits to its fighters for injuries sustained during training camp. Health benefits before 2011 were limited to injuries sustained in a UFC fight. The UFC’s decision to provide its athletes with health benefits to deal with injury issues during training camp has been seen as a significant improvement since 2011.
It should be noted that no other MMA organization in the world offers its fighters full time medical benefits. From a business perspective, an MMA fighter is generally considered to be an independent contractor and not an employee of a given MMA organization. This, in turn, exempts MMA organizations from providing their fighters with full-time medical benefits.
Dana White’s assertion seen as another positive development for UFC fighters, MMA and combat sports as a whole
Earlier this year, speaking to MMA Fight, BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) President David Feldman announced that BKFC would offer its fighters a pension plan starting from BKFC 17 (April 30, 2021).
The barehand boxing organization had been praised for this development in April, with many in the combat sports community calling on MMA organizations to follow suit and provide its athletes with pension plans.
On that note, Dana White’s latest statement, regarding the full-time health benefits of UFC athletes, is seen as another positive development not just for the UFC but for MMA and combat sports in the world. their whole.
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