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UFC hoping to help eliminate injuries with implementation of “dangerous activities” clause in bout agreements

After a series of high-profile fights falling apart due to injury it looks like the UFC is ready to do what little it can to ensure the safety of competitors outside of the Octagon during the build up to a bout. While Zuffa certainly can’t police the way its employees train, the company can prohibit certain behavior outside of the gym if it creates an unnecessary risk to said individual’s well-being.

According to MMAWeekly, the UFC is now attaching a “dangerous activities” clause to bout agreements making fighters liable if injured while participating in extreme sports or other athletic exhibitions, as well as while riding motorcycles and other similar vehicles.

The latter situation came into play a few weeks back when featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered damage to his foot in a motorcycle accident and had to pull out of a headlining title-defense at UFC 153. The change in policy will also affect a number of other fighters who enjoy riding bikes (such as Frank Mir and Hector Lombard) as well as those who enjoy wakeboarding/snowboarding.

Lightweight Donald Cerrone, an avid outdoorsman with a huge collection of motorcycles/ATVs, recently commented on the situation in an interview with AlienWare where his disdain of the UFC’s decision was evident.

“They say you can’t snowboard, wakeboard, bungee jump…all kinds of ridiculous things,” said Cerrone. “Horseback ride, yeah…which I own horses and I will not NOT ride them.”

“I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to sit down with Dana (White) and figure this out. But that’s who I am. I’m wild and crazy, and I need to have these things to keep me…I can’t get painted into a corner is basically what I’m trying to say,” the disappointed Cerrone concluded.

Fortunately for Cerrone, based on the structure of the clause, the UFC only plans to prevent “dangerous activities” when a fighter is officially signed to a match-up rather than serving as a year-round limitation on freedom.

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3 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    I thought Dana said he wouldn’t implement these types of things since he can’t be there 24/7 to make sure they don’t do it.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Can’t blame the UFC for trying to put reasonable measures in place, but I’m not sure it will help anything. The vast majority of injuries are fighting/training-related.

    And as an example, hopefully everyone realizes that using a motorcycle in Rio de Janeiro, where transportation is an absolute nightmare, is much different than Frank Mir dicking around on a bike in Vegas.

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  • MCM says:

    People bitch all the time about how the UFC needs to treat it’s athletes like other professional sports treat theirs, well, hear you go. Most other professional athletes have clauses like this during their seasons, and I think it makes sense that fighters should have them too.

    I personally agree with AlphaOmega in that it won’t due much to curtail the “injury bug”, but it’s at least a baby step in the right direction.

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