Dana White is known to be a very controversial figure when it comes to the proper payment of UFC stars. He was called out for this fact many times by the likes of Jake Paul. However, Dana White is also known to care about the wellbeing of his fighters in the promotion.
UFC is certainly a very physically demanding and dangerous sport where any competitor could suffer a horrific injury. Some injuries can end the careers and impact the lives of UFC fighters as well
While speaking in the post-fight conference at UFC 263, Dana White was asked about long-term healthcare benefits for fighters in his promotion. Dana White stated that it would be crazy for fighters to have permanent healthcare.
“We’re working on stuff like that all the time. We’re working on 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 out… a lot of guys are interested in that from — we think a lot of guys are interested. So, we’re looking into that. We’re always looking into making things better, safer, and whatever for the fighters. I don’t know about healthcare forever. Does anybody have a job where they have healthcare forever when they leave? I mean, that’s pretty f—ng crazy. I don’t think anybody does it.”
Currently, the UFC provides health benefits to active members of its roster who are dealing with injury issues related to a fight or a training camp. However, now it seems they won’t be getting healthcare benefits after retirement, which certainly won’t sit well with many fans and UFC fighters alike.