When Conor Heun (9-5) needed surgery on his torn ACL after being injured in a Strikeforce fight with Jorge Gurgel (14-8), the lightweight never imagined that Zuffa’s insurance would only cover a portion of the bill.
Heun said Zuffa paid over $198,000 for his first two surgeries, but his third and final one was denied. Heun ended up filing for bankruptcy due to the amount owed to the insurance company. He has since created his own Fund A Fighter site, where people can make donations towards his surgery bills.
“The problem is the UFC’s insurance basically said that doing the PAO was to prevent a future injury or was based on a pre-existing condition and that wasn’t necessary,” said Heun to MMA Weekly.
A meeting is planned in a few weeks with Zuffa’s insurance provider and Heun’s doctor.
According to Heun, he was asked to fight Pat Healy (28-16) on the final Strikeforce card in January, but couldn’t due to his injury. Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby told Heun he wouldn’t join the UFC roster since his future was going to be determined if he defeated Healy.