UFC to Provide Accident Insurance for Fighters


Las Vegas, Nevada – Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that nearly 350 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® independent contractor athletes will now be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage. The coverage will be underwritten by Houston Casualty Insurance Company and complement existing event coverage the company already provides its athletes. Never before has a combat sports promoter provided coverage to nearly 350 athletes, and this unprecedented policy will cover accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents.

UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta will discuss this topic on a media conference call today at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Media dialing in from the U.S. or Canada can call the toll free number at 888-778-8914, while international press can call 913-312-6696. The confirmation code for the call is 1519797.

To date, Zuffa event-related insurance has always met or exceeded Athletic Commission requirements and has covered all injuries sustained during competition. After exploring the purchase of “training insurance” for its athletes for several years – much of which was met with difficulty in finding an insurance company willing to insure mixed martial artists – Zuffa officials were able to secure a comprehensive plan through A+ rated Houston Casualty.

The new policy adds 24-hour worldwide medical life insurance and dental coverage, as well as emergency medical evacuation. Zuffa will pay 100 percent of the premiums for its athletes and have an employee dedicated to 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.”

3 Responses to “ UFC to Provide Accident Insurance for Fighters ”

  1. Cody Rempel says:

    This is long overdue… Kudos to the Fertitta’s for getting this done!

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  2. Cody Rempel says:

    Here’s a few more details on the policy.

    -Each fighter will have $50,000 USD in annual coverage.
    -Coverage will be in any type of accident (slipping on ice, automobile accident…etc.) Full coverage.
    -Separate from if the fighter is injured in an event. Actually, fighters now have two separate policies protecting them.
    -It doesn’t cover if someone gets a cold, flu…etc.
    -They didn’t want there to be any disputes from insurance companies, so they covered every accident.
    -Very narrow group of insurance companies that wanted to participate.
    -As long as fighters under contract, they have insurance.
    -The health plan is for UFC and Strikeforce fighters.
    -They wanted a full coverage insurance company since day one of acquiring UFC.
    -Dana White wanted to announce the new insurance policy when Chuck Liddell retired, but the details weren’t quite ironed out.
    -If a fighter is cut after a fight, all damage sustained in the fight will be covered.
    -Staph infections will probably not be covered.
    -Name of the insurance company is called ‘Houston Casualty’.
    -No restrictions on what fighters can’t do (skiing, bungee jumping…etc).
    -Ground breaking stuff, never been done in the history of combat sports.

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  3. Mike Davis says:

    this is why people should shut up about the UFC and Dana ect. they are doing a great job!

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