***UPDATE:*** Looks like UFC got the message and has taken care of things:
Wish I didn’t have to take to twitter, but now the Medical bill is all taken care of. #ufc— Evan Dunham (@evandunham155) September 11, 2018
Evan Dunham put it all on the line, swangin’ and bangin’ with Beneil Dariush at UFC 216, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 7, 2017, for three hard-hitting rounds. Dunham — who has established a reputation as a fan-friendly action fighter — was nearly stopped in the opening frame, but he battled back to even up the scorecards and go home with a majority draw.
Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ringside physicians examined Dunham after the bout and determined that he should undergo further tests at the local hospital as a precaution. Dunham balked at the recommendation, but not because he was necessarily concerned about his health. On the contrary, Dunham simply didn’t want to get stuck trying to get reimbursed for the ambulance bill ... again.
Dealing with collections right now ufc never paid my ambulance bill from two fights ago. Even though I sent the bill in multiple times to whoever is suppose to be handling it. #ufc— Evan Dunham (@evandunham155) September 10, 2018
Funny thing is that I didn’t want to go in the ambulance in the first place. Because it took them so long to pay the bill from the Tibau fight, but they insisted. One more fight and I am done. #ufc— Evan Dunham (@evandunham155) September 10, 2018
Dunham ultimately checked out fine at the hospital, but was later suspended 180 days by NSAC for “blurred vision.” During that time on the sidelines, Dunham apparently submitted the bill for the ambulance ride, which are notoriously expensive, for reimbursement.
Nearly one year later he’s still waiting. That’s pretty weak for a company worth an alleged $7 billion that has historically grossly underpaid the independent contractors who spill their blood and risk everything inside the Octagon.
The good news for Dunham, 36, is that he has just one fight remaining on his UFC contract, which he claims will be the last bout of his 26-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) career. He will lock horns with Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 137: “Manuwa vs. Santos” inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 22, 2018. Hopefully, he can escape the bout injury-free rather than ride off into the sunset in an overpriced Brazilian ambulancia.
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