New insurance policy the first of its kind in combat sports
Zuffa, parent company of The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce, announced today that they will provide accident insurance coverage to the nearly 350 athletes currently under contract to the company.
The company has always provided event-related insurance to its fighters, which covered injuries suffered during contracted fights. But this marks the first time in history that a combat sports promotion will provide insurance that extends to injuries suffered in training as well as accident coverage for non-training incidents such as auto accidents or falls.
Zuffa will pay 100 percent of the premiums involved with the new insurance policies and will have a full-time employee handling and filing all claims.
“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,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We’re pleased to provide coverage that enables our athletes to seek and receive treatment for injuries sustained while preparing for bouts.”
“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,” UFC President Dana White said. “We’re proud to give our athletes access to this type of insurance.”