UFC President Dana White has made it clear that he would never make it mandatory for the fighters in his organization to compete after taking jabs of the COVID vaccine.
The UFC boss feels that this is a choice of every individual and the organization should not meddle in this affair.
“I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. 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,” Dana White told TSN.
Many organizations around the world, including the BBC network, have reportedly sacked some other employees who refused to get the vaccine jabs. However, this will not happen at the UFC.
“I think a lot of people are doing that. 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. Do you wanna get vaccinated? Get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.”
Double champ Amanda Nunes is the recent UFC fighter to have contracted the coronavirus. She has pulled out of her bantamweight title defence bout against Julianna Peña.
They were scheduled to feature in the co-main event of UFC 265 on August 7 in Houston.
Dana White speaks of potential Miocic-Jones fight
According to the UFC boss, Stipe Miocic has accepted UFC’s offer to fight former light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones.
This will serve as Bones’ heavyweight debut. Miocic has been unhappy with Dana White and the UFC management for not being considered in the title picture.
He was earlier rumored to join Bellator, but he is going nowhere if Jon Jones agrees to trade haymakers with the former heavyweight crown holder.
“Me and Jones have had that type of relationship his whole career. When he’s ready to fight we are ready to go. He’s talking about fighting at heavyweight,” Dana White while speaking on the Nelk Boys’ Full Send podcast.
“But, in the heavyweight division right now we are going back to Houston, Derrick Lewis is taking on Ciryl Gane and whoever wins that fight will fight Francis Ngannou. Whoever wins that fight, if Jon Jones wants to come back he can fight one of them. Or, he can fight Stipe Miocic. Stipe has accepted that fight and will take that fight.”
Neither Jones nor Miocic has, however, accepted the fight publicly.
Earlier, Bones had expressed interest in taking on Francis “The Predator” Ngannou, but the talks fell off the radar when Jones demanded more than $10 million for his heavyweight debut.
He then postponed his first outing as a UFC heavyweight and said he would fight in early 2022 since the transition to the new division requires a bit of time for him to be at his A-game.