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SBD/July 9, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
UFC Plans To Expand Health Insurance For Fighters To Include Pre-Existing Conditions
Published July 9, 2012
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THE SUMMIT: This year marks the fourth annual Fighter Summit for the UFC, which uses the event predominately to educate its athletes on the sort of matters other sporting bodies address with their annual rookie symposiums. The two-day event also will include presentations on financial planning, drug use and social media use. Among the speakers is Pro Football HOFer Michael Irvin, who will speak to fighters about mistakes he made during his playing career. The discussion regarding performance enhancing drugs will include an overview of the UFC’s drug policy. While not instituting its own random mandatory testing -- other than the full workups already required of fighters signing their first UFC contracts -- the UFC says in the policy that it will “encourage fighters to submit to voluntary testing” and take disciplinary measures, including termination, against fighters found to have used prohibited substances.
TONING DOWN TWEETS: While previous social media sessions have encouraged UFC fighters to tweet often to increase their visibility, this one will attempt to tug on the reigns. Several UFC fighters, as well as White and TV analyst Joe Rogan, have been taken to task for inappropriate, insensitive tweets. In April, sponsor Anheuser-Busch came down on the UFC over the matter, issuing a statement that said it had expressed its “displeasure” about some fighters' “inappropriate comments.” “We’re reminding them to use common sense,” White said. “First of all, you’re not comedians. What you think is funny, the rest of the world may not. So keep your jokes to yourself. We’ve had a couple of things happen in social media. Nothing huge. But enough to be annoying.”