The UFC has revealed today that all of its nearly 350 contracted fighters will now enjoy full accident insurance coverage, meaning that every fighter on the UFC’s roster has access to “24-hour worldwide medical life insurance and dental coverage, as well as emergency medical evacuation.”
While the UFC always covered the expense of injuries incurred by fighters on fight night, injuries or illnesses suffered during training were left in the fighters’ hands. UFC CEO Lornezo Fertitta released a statement explaining Zuffa’s choice to provide more comprehensive coverage to its fighters.
“Our athletes are some of the very best in the world and we’ve committed significant financial resources to provide them with insurance that complements the gold standard we have set for event-related coverage,” Fertitta said. “We’re pleased to provide coverage that enables our athletes to seek and receive treatment for injuries sustained while preparing for bouts.”
The UFC has apparently been researching a way to provide its fighters with “training insurance,” but were unable to find willing providers, until they struck a deal with Houston Casualty Insurance Company to underwrite the coverage.
“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,” said UFC President Dana White. “We’re proud to give our athletes access to this type of insurance.”