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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 06:12 AM Thread Starter
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UFC hoping to eliminate injuries with implementation of “dangerous activities” clause

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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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This makes sense, as soon as you get signed for a fight, you'll take a few month hiatus from all the dangerous stuff.

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Unless they put "training" and "stupidity" on that list I don't see how this helps.




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Unless they put "training" and "stupidity" on that list I don't see how this helps.
They can prevent some things though. Aldo's motorcycle accident comes to mind in recent events.

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They can prevent some things though. Aldo's motorcycle accident comes to mind in recent events.
Drop in the ocean though, 99% of injuries are from the actual fight training.

I don't see why they can't regulate training a bit ... I know these guys think they need to be as close to the real thing in training to be ready for it, but if half the time you're getting seriously injured then it's pointless. Just force training with more padding etc. and leave the 100% fighting for fight night.
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Perfectly reasonable imo.

Lots of sports do this already.

Of course big name fighters can just refuse to sign their contract unless an exemption is put in and the UFC will do it rather than let them go fight somewhere else for a promoter that doesn't care.
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Im amazed it took them this long to set something like this up.



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They can prevent some things though. Aldo's motorcycle accident comes to mind in recent events.
True but isn't that just a drop on a hot stone? Most of these guys get injured in training. I see how it's necessary since they've got this insurance for fighters now and they don't wanna pay for something a fighter may or may not do in his time off but I don't think this helps the injury situation at all.

Plus if Aldo had never sat on that motorcycle we wouldn't have got Anderson/Bonnar.




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What surprises me about this is

A while back when the Dana was answering question during a fight conference. He was asked whether he can stop the fighters from doing dangerous activities and his answer was that yeah he could basically make them stop from doing everything. But it sounded like that only went on his say so.

Sounds like this is going to be in effect all the time (During a fight camp anyway). And it wont be under his say so...

So maybe thats the difference.
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Considering all fighters who pulled out were injured in training, I wonder what sense it makes to award harley davidsons to TUF winners whose contract prohibits them from riding it.
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Considering all fighters who pulled out were injured in training, I wonder what sense it makes to award harley davidsons to TUF winners whose contract prohibits them from riding it.
lol funny, but it's probably going to be during training camp. There is no way in hell they can put a contract out that say you can never ride a bike again.


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