Strikeforce’s Conor Heun Forced to Raise 40k After ZUFFA Insurance Claim Denied For Injuries In Fight | MMA News

December 27, 2012 10:43 am by Lynn R Mitchell

Conor Huen has fought for Strikeforce, EliteXC, the International Fight League and has also been featured on the MTVprogram Bully Beatdown.  Heun faced Ryan Couture at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3, 2012.  He lost the fight via TKO in the third round and has suffered injuries.  This forces him to raise 40k for the final procedure in which ZUFFA insurance notified him the denial of the claim.  He goes on to twitter to say

Heun, still employed with Zuffa states….

“I am currently still under contract with Zuffa.

In fact, Sean Shelby called me this afternoon to offer me the fight with Pat Healy on Jan 12.

I told him I’d take the fight but that they’d have some trouble getting me cleared buy the doctors as I’m still on crutches and will be until Jan 3rd.

He said that if I beat Pat, they would bring me to the UFC.

When he found out that I was injured, he told me that I would not be brought over to the UFC but to get a win at 145 after I’m healed and they will look at bringing me on.

I was flattered to get the shot at Healy, a title shot has always been a dream and yea, I’m crazy (and broke) enough to take that fight even in the shape I’m in.

So while I am officially still under contract with Zuffa, I was told to expect my release early next year.”

Huen also stated:

“The UFC did cover the majority of the costs.

The first two surgeries were already done when they notified me about the insurance’s denial of the claim.

The problem was the procedure was half done, I had hardware (screws) that needed to be removed from the right hip, and still had to repair a fracture and torn labrum on the left side.

I am only being forced to pay for the final surgery.

The irony is that the final surgery, the one I’m being asked to pay for, wasn’t the PAO.

This final surgery was to remove hardware they had placed earlier (as part of the PAO), and to repair the damage to the labrum and the pelvis on my left side.

No one is disputing that the damage to the labrum and pelvis where sustained in the fight, at least not to my knowledge.”

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