UFC Denies Reports That Athletes Must Cover Costs for Pre-Fight COVID-19 Testing
The UFC issued this note a few minutes ago regarding the then new policy of fighters having to pay for a COVID test out of pocket: pic.twitter.com/7yGiflTj1E
– Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani)
December 15, 2021
While the UFC has updated its protocol for COVID-19, the offer will not require its athletes to cover pre-race test costs, as recently reported.
In a note sent to the fighters, UFC chief of operations Hunter Campbell revealed that the organization would no longer provide home test kits as they had done earlier in the pandemic. Instead, athletes will have the freedom to handle their own tests by offering to reimburse them for the costs. To be returned, a copy of the receipt and test result must be submitted to the UFC Medical Coordinator.
“Please note that we are updating the UFC COVID-19 test schedule to give all athletes and corners the freedom and flexibility to secure their own COVID-19 test before leaving for their scheduled UFC event,” Campbell said. in a note.
“This change is because low-cost COVID-19 tests have become readily available in the United States and abroad. To clarify, the UFC will reimburse you for the initial cost of securing your own test before departure. As a result, the UFC will no longer provide in-house test kits. “Recent reports in the media that athletes will be forced to bear the cost of ‘COVID tests’ are incorrect and irresponsible.”
The document appears to be in line with an original report by Ariel Helwani, who argued that fighters and angles would be responsible for covering their own test costs. Helwani doubled However, about his reports after the release of the updated test program by the UFC.
In addition, Campbell wrote that the UFC will continue with the current fighter and corner test plan twice during the fight week.
“In addition, there are no plans to change the current UFC test schedule for COVID-19 during race week, which requires all athletes and corners to be tested twice (2X) before participating in their planned event, “Campbell wrote. “These Weekend Tests will continue to be provided at no cost to you.
“The UFC is very proud of its industry-leading COVID-19 testing program, which has generated the lowest rate of positivity in all sports and which has allowed us to continue to host events and give you opportunities to keep competing. ».
The new policy is expected to take effect immediately, starting with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 199 card, which heads the heavyweight tilt between Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.