UFC Fighters Don’t Need To Be Vaccinated To Participate In Events
Aside from some of UFC fighters’ requirements, getting the Covid-19 vaccine won’t be one of them.
UFC President Dana White said in an interview with TSN that he is not going to restrict UFC fighters’ free will.
“I would never tell another human being what to do with their body,” White said. “If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice. You’re never gonna hear me say I’m gonna force people to get vaccinated. Never gonna happen.”
White made that statement after the NFL’s decision regarding recent outbreaks.
The National Football League announced limitations for unvaccinated players, which could lead to forfeited games for the whole team. The announcement came as a new policy, not a mandate.
Covid-19 cases have begun to surge throughout the United States. The highly contagious delta variant has accounted for more than 90 percent of new infections, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data continues to show the rise in infections and hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated.
White doesn’t seem to be planning any “incentive” for fighters being or not being vaccinated. He has already scheduled the co-main event of UFC 268, where Michael Chandler, an unvaccinated fighter, will be the rival of Justin Gaethje.
“… They’re telling you in New York you can’t go into a restaurant or a gym unless you’re vaccinated and can prove it and things like that,” White said. “Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated.
“Yeah, that’s not gonna happen here,” he added. “You wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.”