Is the UFC's New Insurance Policy the Reason Why so Many Fights Are Cancelled?
The UFC has always taken measures that meet or exceed the expectations of governing state athletic commissions and their fighters.
In an effort to improve the health and safety of the Zuffa combatants, which extend to that of both the Strikeforce and UFC roster, the head honchos have created a new coverage plan which is, in a sense, customized accident insurance.
The new program has enabled athletes to attain medical insurance in the case of injuries sustained in training, automobile accidents and things of that nature.
Though there's no specific statistic that could prove this otherwise, there has been an alarming rate of fights cancelled as of late, which could be correlated to that of the new contingency scheme.
Champion Georges St-Pierre has recently been on the mend twice due to injury, having been removed from two title bouts over the course of the last three months or so.
The Canadian is perhaps the most prominent and most relevant of all recently sidelined fighters, though no stronger example can be provided than that of the upcoming UFC 142 event, which marks the organization's immediate return back to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Siyar Bahadurzada, Rob Broughton, Paulo Thiago and Stanislav Nedkov have all fallen out of their respective matches for the January pay-per-view show due to injury.
Now that these fighters have the means to properly and adequately heal themselves of nagging injuries both big and small, there will be a new batch of athletes who will look to aspire to become fighters thanks to the new provisions set in place.
While the insurance policies may have resulted in fighters being more willing to pull out of bouts without risking more financial ruin, it benefits all parties in the end.
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