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| | UFC's New Insurance Policy Creates Influential Shift in Talent Acquisition
UFC's New Insurance Policy Creates Influential Shift in Talent Acquisition
UFC's New Insurance Policy Creates Influential Shift in Talent Acquisition - Bloody Elbow
Talent acquisition has been a topic of discussion among fans for years, mainly focusing on the up-and-coming talent that may have a shot at greatness in more prominent promotions. For many of those fighters, money is a significant reason why they may sign with one organization over another, but the UFC is typically the end game. Maximum Fighting Championships, Bellator, Shark Fights, Tachi Palace Fights, BAMMA, the list goes on of credible organizations who can shell out the cash to acquire the services of solid prospects or older veterans hoping to prove they can still hack it in the UFC. |
Bellator is particularly interesting due to the large sums of money a fighter can obtain within the time span of four months. This season, a tournament winner will net $100,000 for roughly four months of grueling training along with a shot at their current title holder. It has been one of the main reasons why Bellator has been able to acquire some of the best prospects in the market. The UFC is offering less money for those initial fights in the UFC. Understandably, why spend major dollars on an unproven fighter who may not pan out?
Zuffa's new insurance policy may change the way in which prospects think about their future, specifically the loved ones they may be helping support or their own well-being. We've heard stories about the struggles of professional fighters in the past. Injuries can wreak havoc on families, putting extreme pressure on fighters to perform, work through injuries in training, and show up to fights less than 100%. Let's not forget the added stress of finding a way to pay for training camps and training partners that were brought in to help you succeed.
While Zuffa's policy may not cover the costs of a training camp, it will alleviate the costs of getting healthy, a substantial cost for fighters, many of which are uninsured. For potential freshmen making their way through the regional ranks, the news should serve as a reminder that the UFC is where they want to be when the offer hits the table.
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