Cub Swanson has suffered a lot of injuries over the course of his MMA career, but the ones he suffered on June 2nd might have been the worst of his career. But since it happened to occur one day after Zuffa's new accident insurance for fighters kicked in, Swanson wasn't forced to pay for any of the medical costs. Here's a description of the injury from the MMA Junkie article:
A sparring injury that resulted in orbital, nasal and cheek fractures, as well as a broken jaw. Seven weeks after the injury, the UFC fighter remains on an all-liquid diet.
He spoke to MMA Junkie Radio about the injury:
"Right when it happened, I immediately went to the corner and went, 'I need to take a year off. I'm done,'" he said. "I was so frustrated. You train for months at a time, and it just gets taken away like that."
But his bank account was saved by the new insurance. The plan has a cap of $50,000 a year, and it just so happens that his costs ran right up to the cap:
"I'm officially the first person to ever use it," said Swanson, who used every penny of this year's coverage allotment. "But I guess if I do something, I do it big. That's kind of my thing."
Obviously Swanson is appreciative, like every fighter should be:
"I'm super thankful. I can't wait to get back in there and repay them."
Swanson hopes to finally make his UFC debut in December.