Damacio Page Undergoes Neck Surgery; Thankful for UFC Insurance

September 1, 2011
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Damacio Page at WEC 43

Damacio Page was obviously disappointed when an injury forced him to pull out of his upcoming bout at UFC 135 against Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto.

He was even more upset when the nature of the injury was revealed.

Page suffered a neck injury in training that not only forced him out of the fight, but had him undergo surgery to repair the damage done.

According to Page’s manager Jahani Curl of Machi Sports & Entertainment, Page suffered the injury in training and had to have surgery. As of right now there’s no set timeline for his return to action.

If there seems to be a dark cloud to this news, there also happens to be a silver lining.

Because of the new UFC medical insurance that covers fighters under contract to the promotion, Page’s surgery, which according to his manager would have cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 to $30,000, was covered.

The medical insurance kicked in earlier this year and was a revolutionary step for combat sports.

Several fighters have noted how much the insurance has benefited them since its induction, and Page’s case is just the latest on how much medical expenses could cost fighters without coverage.

While Page is forced to the sidelines following his neck surgery, he will be staying in touch with fans doing a bi-weekly blog for MMAWeekly.com and MMAWeekly Radio updating his rehab and recovery as he heads back towards the cage.

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  • Typical UFC bullying fighters into getting insurance whether they want it or not. These guys don’t care about the fighters. Dana White just loves making money.

    • phrankthetank

      You’re joking right? The fighter insurance is amazing, it’s one of the things Dana White actually loses money on. Props to the UFC for doing something positive for the fighters.

    • BigGuy

      This might be the dumbest comment ever put on this site!

  • bajafox

    Seriously, this is the stupidest fkn thing I’ve read all day. Insurance is optional and they just told us they saved $25K – $30K because of the insurance, how does this put money in Dana’s pocket?


  • BigGuy

    uncanny390, you must have been smoking wonggfan’s pole too long! You are not only an idiot, but have no idea what you are talking about. What an asshole!

  • tiger.shark

    Wow… you guys aren’t too bright. uncanny was clearly being sarcastic about all the people that say Dana and the UFC are bad to fighters and are just greedy.

    I’m well aware that tone is difficult to interpret online, but c’mon… his sarcasm was clear.

    • phrankthetank

      The phrase “whether they want it or not” leads me to believe this was a serious comment. If it was sarcastic, it’s definitely not clear

  • G Logan

    Tiger Shark, I’ll give you this much, after your input, Uncanny’s remarks could be construed as being either sarcastic or just really stupid, but without additional insight on this guy, which you apparently have, people went with their gut and thought that Uncanny was just plain stupid. His remarks could’ve been written better to highlight the sarcasm, and if it was written better, it would’ve been pretty damn funny. I’m as sarcastic as they come, so if that what his intent was, then good on him.

  • shakejunt

    i think everyone is just being a dick.
    uncanny usually knows his shit.

  • Lol of course I was being sarcastic. How would this make Dana White more money? That doesn’t make any sense.

    I was indeed mocking the people who constantly complain about the UFC being terrible to its fighters when its actually the little shows that are more likely to screw you.

    Anyone who says Dana doesn’t care about the fighters doesn’t know what they are talking about. Why did he pressure Chuck Liddell to retire then? He could have made so much more money having Chuck take more damage because people would still pay to watch it.

  • BigGuy

    uncanny390, I offer you an apology. But wonggfan is still a dick!

    • bajafox

      lol, ditto, my bad. The sarcasm didn’t come off too clear to me too

    • ShockednAwed

      Awww, The Wonger’s just misunderstood… 😀

  • No problem, I should have realized that people put such incredibly dumb comments on the internet sometimes that you have to be clear when you are joking. Trust me I’ve seen some like that haha

  • ShockednAwed

    Best Thread on the Site Right Now Award goes to this one – I laughed my ass off. 😀