Yesterday we reported the sad news that retired UFC fighter Spencer Fisher is suffering from serious neurological issues on a daily basis as a result of his fighting career, and now Dana White has given his thoughts on the matter.
“Listen, we’re all learning every day about the brain injury stuff,” White told MMAJunkie. “We’ve been investing in this (Lou) Ruvo Center to try to figure out more. We’re now interested (about) this thing just came out on ‘Real Sports’ about psychedelics, and we’ve actually reached out to the Johns Hopkins guys, and we’re diving into that.
“But listen, (Fisher)’s not the first, and he’s definitely not going to be the last. This is a contact sport, and everybody who’s ever done this (while) younger, myself included, is dealing with brain issues. It’s just part of the gig.”
The UFC did indeed recently make a $1 million investment in the research being carried out at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, while there was also a recent announcement that they were continuing to collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic’s ‘Professional Athletes Brain Health Study’ too.
At this stage though there’s no indication that the UFC are looking to pursue Spencer Fisher’s wife’s plea for more comprehensive health insurance for fighters.