Zuffa to expand health care coverage
July 9, 2012
The Sports Business Daily reports that the UFC will expand coverage of its health care insurance for its fighters to cover pre-existing conditions. The move will increase Zuffa’s premiums by an estimated 60 percent.
It’s not known how much Zuffa pays for health insurance for its fighters but White indicated that its upwards of $1 million. The news came at the start of the UFC Fighter Summit.
One may wonder if the recent rash of injuries causing cards to be shuffled is a reason for the adjustment in coverage. It’s a big financial investment for Zuffa to cover its fighters that have pre-existing conditions. We don’t know the definition of pre-existing conditions for health care purposes but we may assume it would cover much more from fighters. Perhaps this coverage will have fighters get treatment on nagging issues so that less fighters would have to pull out of fights. Its another step in the right direction for Zuffa to protect its fighters and its product.