Signing this petition will include you in our efforts to form a large group of combat altheltes in order to get an insurance company to give us a huge discounted group rate. Note: When signing, please indicate what combat sport you compete in (MMA, boxing, wrestling, BJJ) and if you are/were an amatuer or professional.
Background Information on how it is now - According to the most recent census, 43 million Americans don't have health insurance. You would be surprised at how many of your favorite fighters are in this group. I spoke with fighters who are under contract with the UFC, Strikeforce and Sengoku, and not one of them is insured. Their promotions have the decency of covering expenses from their injuries, but things like a flu shot, a routine annual exam and prescriptions are not covered. "If I get the flu, I suck it up," one fighter said.
Because MMA is so dangerous, health insurance companies are not quick to underwrite fighters. Dana White has said in the past that the UFC covers fighters' medical expenses, but that they are unable to get insurance for fighters because of MMA's high injury rate.
Even if they are to apply for private insurance, just try to get a company to cover you when your medical records are full of broken bones and stretched ligaments, or your profession is "mixed martial artist." Either the premiums are so high that a fighter can't afford them, or the insurance companies won't cover them at all.
The outlook is even more dire for fighters who are working towards the goal of being signed to a large promotion, but aren't yet. They quit their jobs -- their source of insurance -- to train and follow a dream, but when they do that, they give up the security that employee-provided health insurance provides. They then fight in smaller promotions who can't afford to pay for their injuries.
The problems of health insurance in the United States are much bigger than what fighters face in the MMA world, but the fighting world seems to have been disproportionately affected by the problem. Callously assuming that a fighter is irresponsible because he isn't insured will definitely not help the problem. Keep that in mind the next time you watch your favorite fighters take to the cage.
With 100,000 names of fighters ready to sign up, we can change this situation into our favor!! Forget the government covering us, as a unified group, we can go straight to the large insurance providers and negociate cover for ALL!
Organization that get's it, checkout www.FighterFund.org for more information.
Our mission is two fold:
1st - To provide combat athletes with comprehensive sports medical care - Injury prevention, health maintenance, ringside support, emergency treatment and rehabbilitation services
2nd - To engage athletes in service activities that benefit their communities, strengthen athletic spirit and provide role models for devleopment of character, discipline and sportsmanship that are the hallmarks of combat sports
To achieve these objectives, we have gathered 100,000 names of both professional and amatuer combat athletes. Overall, we believe that the athletic compeition is a tremendously positive force in an inidivudal's life and that sports participation at every level - from athlete to spectator - helps bind communities together. We anticipate your response.
Sports Performance and Therapy Consultant
Retired Combat Athlete