‘That’s Pretty Fu**ing Crazy’ -Dana White on ‘Healthcare Forever’ for UFC Fighters

Published 06/16/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – JUNE 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)


Healthcare for UFC fighters has been a hot topic for many years now. Many people share different views on what healthcare support the UFC and Dana White owe their fighters. Recently the man whose thoughts on the subject matter the most shared his views.

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During an interview, UFC President Dana White talked about providing healthcare to fighters forever.

“Yeah, I mean listen, we’re working on stuff like that all the time. We’re working on you know this brain stuff, we’ve been spending millions and millions of dollars on brain studies for years. And now all the psychedelic stuff is happening, so we’re trying to figure that out. You know a lot of guys are interested in that from what we think; we think a lot of guys are interested.”

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While White was clear about the fact that UFC does everything to help its fighters, the UFC President also said something which would disappoint the fighters.

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“We are always looking into making things better, safer and whatever for the fighters. I mean, I don’t know about healthcare forever. Does anybody have a job where they get healthcare forever when they leave? I mean that’s pretty fu**ing crazy, lets all just go work there. I don’t think anybody does it.”

The current UFC policy covers its fighters regarding the injuries sustained while competing in a fight or during its preparation. However, forever healthcare would mean that the UFC will cover the fighter throughout his lifetime. White clearly seems to dismiss this idea as he calls it “pretty fu**ing crazy”.

Did Dana White support forever healthcare at one time?

During an Instagram Q&A session, a user had asked White if the promotion was considering future healthcare and long-term benefits for the fighters. To this the UFC President had replied ‘soon’ and that sparked the interest of everyone.

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However, some time after this incident, White had clarified that he had mistakenly responded to the wrong user. This meant that any hope of long-term healthcare benefits for fighters was dismissed.

Now, these latest comments by Dana White have once again confirmed the fact that the UFC won’t be looking to provide forever healthcare to its fighters anytime soon.

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What do you think, should the UFC provide long-term healthcare benefits to its fighters? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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