Injury is nothing new to mixed martial arts. Recently, there seems to be flood of UFC fighters pulling out of their bouts. Major fights are being changed due to injured fighters like Brian Stann, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Vitor Belfort, Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping, and now Jose Aldo. Matchmaker Joe Silva and UFC President Dana White are just expecting the unexpected every time their phones ring. Friday night, Dana White tells Fuel TV
“I’m numb to it now. Last year when the stuff started happening it was devastating. Now, I’ve chalked it up to this is part of the business, part of the deal.”
White believes part of the problem is the hard charging nature of all MMA fighters is part of what makes this sport great, but their never-say-die attitude also carries over into the training room.
“I think what’s happening too and me and Joe Silva were talking about this tonight, you have so many talented guys out there now all in the same camp, going at it like they’re fighting for the title, these guys need to tone it down in training a bit and stop hurting each other,” said White.
Assumptions of late is due to the high level that fighters are expected to perform at in the UFC, and that the cut line is only one fight away, some competitors aren’t willing to take the chance of coming in at anything less than 100-percent.
Another theory is the idea that ever since the UFC instituted their fighter insurance program in 2011, some athletes are more willing to pull out of fights because they can get the necessary medical treatment needed as opposed to ‘fighting through an injury’.
“I know that at the heart of the sport, fighters want to fight, fighters want to get paid, and the only way they do that is to fight,” White stated dispelling all rumors
Guys that fight in the UFC and the guys that we deal with all the time are hungry to fight. These guys want to fight, and they want to get paid. The more you sit on the sidelines, and the more you’re out, the less money you make.
Like I always talk about the short window of opportunity in the fight business, I don’t think that’s the case.”
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