UFC President Dana White didn’t get into the cage during Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas, but that didn’t stop him from getting into a fight with a reporter about the scarcity of COVID-19 treatments.
In a post-fight press conference, a reporter asked White for his thoughts about an open letter 270 medical professionals sent to Spotify, demanding that the audio streamer put a misinformation policy in place over Joe Rogan’s podcast.
White had not heard about the letter, but retorted, “Well, how about this – ever since I came out and said what I did, it’s almost impossible to get monoclonal antibodies. They’re making it so you can’t get them. Medicine that absolutely works, they’re keeping from us.”
“I don’t want to get too political and start getting into all this s***, but ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies have been around for a long time,” he continued. “Now all of a sudden you can’t dig them up to save your life, the doctors won’t give them to you.”
White contracted the virus after being vaccinated and contacted Rogan, who announces for the UFC, for treatment advice. At the time, he credited the cocktail of monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, and vitamins Rogan suggested for his rapid recovery.
“Even when I did it here in Vegas, when I had [Covid-19] right before Christmas, I made one phone call and I was able to get it done,” White remarked. “And that’s not some rich famous guy s*** – everybody could’ve called and got it back then.”
“Now Rogan’s been talking about it and I went crazy talking about it, you can’t get those things to save your life now, literally.”
When a reporter asked if White was surprised about the backlash that came from discussing treatment options, he responded, “It’s disgusting.”
“It’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed in my life. And we’re not talking about experimental drugs or things – this stuff’s been around,” he added. “Ivermectin, the guy won a Nobel Peace Prize.”
A reporter cut in and snarked, “are you a doctor,” and White snapped back quickly. “No, but I took them, and they both worked for me, so why shouldn’t I be able to take them again? Or other people?”
“You want to know what’s scary? You can get some f**king pain pills quicker than I can get monoclonal antibodies,” he shot back. “Not maybe, that is a fact.”