<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=338835" target="_blank"> Is UFC's accident-insurance coverage to blame? </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=338835" ><img class="photo" src="" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[mmajunkie.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
True: There has been a significant increase in fighters pulling out of fights due to training injuries.
True: Zuffa LLC (the UFC and Strikeforce's parent company) recently secured accident-insurance coverage for some types of training injuries.
Conclusion: More fighters are scratching from a fight because they have insurance coverage.
Is that an accurate conclusion, or is it something else that is being entirely overlooked?
Maybe MMA has evolved to a level that is overtaxing the human body.
Maybe current training methods are inadequate and actually causing injuries. Maybe the deleterious effects of extreme weight cutting are leading to increased training injuries. You don't see this in other high-contact sports such as NFL football.
Maybe there is more performance-enhancing-drug use in MMA than many would like to believe or admit. Remember: Bigger, stronger, faster comes with consequences.
It could be a lot of things.