After several more UFC all-stars have gone down with injuries, UFC President Dana White says that the promotion is taking steps to fix the seemingly, never ending problem.
For a while there, it kind of seemed like there was a downturn in injures (our maybe that’s completely wrong), but in recent weeks, big name fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Alexander Gustafsson, and TJ Dillashaw (although he’s rebooked to fight Renan Barao July 25th), have been pulled from fights. Other stars like Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, and Cain Velasquez, among others, have either been out of action for a while due to injuries, or are still rehabbing.
And these are just top ranked fighters; as you know, the promotion is constantly having to come up with replacement competitors for undercard bouts etc.
For a long time, the narrative has always been ‘well, that’s just MMA’, but increasingly more and more people within the sport are taking issue with that theory. The idea being that fighters should limit how much hard sparring and training they do, not only as a means to avoid injuries right now, but for their long term health as well. Concerns over whether fighters are undergoing and receiving effect rehab for their injuries have also been raised.
Well, recently White spoke to La Aficion, and while discussing the plague of injuries, here is some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Injuries are going to happen,” said White. “You’re going to have injuries but you have to be so careful. The question becomes with Khabib, did he do all his therapy that he was supposed to do on his knee after surgery? Did he do all the right things? We’re starting to get our ducks in a row and we’re going to start fixing this.”
“The NFL has proven it,” said White. “They’ve done these studies. The NFL isn’t hitting every day like they used to. They’re playing on Sunday. That’s it. You have to have some sparring in there, but these guys are doing way too much damage to their fighters inside the gym.”
White also revealed that the promotion is building a rehabilitation facility in Las Vegas, which they hope will will help stem the tide of injuries. It’s a good idea. Often you have to spend money to make even more money, and we all know how many great fights have been punted because of injuries…