Saying that this is a “free country,” UFC boss Dana White says he will not mandate that his fighters get a coronavirus vaccine.
Speaking to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Friday, White said that he opposes vaccine mandates.
“My fighters can get vaccinated or not,” White told Kilmeade.
White went on to say that Americans should have autonomy over their bodies.
“I believe, as an American, that’s your choice. If you want to get vaccinated — your body. This is a free country. You do what you want,” he said.
However, despite his feelings and his desire to let fighters make their own decisions about vaccinations, White has scheduled an event to be held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden — in a state that requires vaccinations both for performers and athletes and their fans.
White explained that away saying that fans who are unvaccinated will have plenty of other UFC events to attend if they don’t want to go to New York City.