Health insurance, more accurately protecting “contracted workers” via a variety of benefits, has long been a sore subject in the world of combat sports and professional wrestling. “Contracted workers” are often classified as “independent contractors” are exempt from mandatory benefits that companies must offer.
Think about that for a second, the guys and gals getting putting their bodies on the line don’t have mandatory benefits from the company they work for. The company that makes millions or billions of dollars off of their likeness, merchandise, athleticism, etc. It’s criminal.
All Elite Wrestling has made it a point to change that approach in pro wrestling and now Ultimate Fighting Championship may do the same in the world of mixed martial arts.
During an Instagram Q & A, UFC head honcho Dana White answered the following question about full-time health coverage in the UFC:
This would be a step in the right direction for the “independent contractors” that make these companies A LOT of money.
h/t MMA Mania