The UFC has long covered the cost of insuring medical injuries sustained in the cage, so long it’s during the 0 to 25 minutes you’re fighting in one during a UFC event. If you happen to hurt yourself during the 12 week training camp leading up to your fight … not so much. Until June 1st, that is:

Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, has announced that its 350 or so fighters, who are all independent contractors, will now be eligible for what it calls “customized accident insurance coverage.” The policy will cover not just accidental injuries suffered in training, but also injuries suffered in car accidents or other injuries that have nothing to do with the fighters’ MMA careers.

“As this sport continues to grow, we have been working hard to secure additional insurance coverage so that our athletes can perform at the highest levels,” UFC President Dana White said in the announcement. “We’re proud to give our athletes access to this type of insurance.”

Also added:

The new policy adds 24-hour worldwide medical life insurance and dental coverage, as well as emergency medical evacuation. Zuffa will pay 100 percent of the premiums for its athletes and have an employee dedicated to handling and filing all claims.

DENTAL PLAN! DENTAL PLAN! DENTAL PLAN!

This is all pretty awesome news for the sport – the no insurance for fighters injured in training thing was one of the last gripes from fans about the UFC being cheap and greedy. It also came up a lot when people talked about the need for a fighter’s union. Now the complainers left will be idiots like Nick Diaz who want to import boxing’s sport gutting style of giving the headliner all the money and leaving everyone else with nickels and dimes.