UFC president Dana White may not be able to attend this Saturday's "Fight Night" event in Las Vegas.
White announced Wednesday during an appearance on "The Jim Rome Podcast" that he and his family have tested positive for COVID-19. The UFC boss added he's fully vaccinated against the coronavirus:
.@DanaWhite starts Ep 200 by telling us he and his family have tested positive for Covid-19, despite being vaccinated. He says he’s in isolation, feels great & plans to make Sat night's promotion. Plus, updates on Conor, Chimaev, Gaethje & Usman.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) December 1, 2021
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"We went up to my place in Maine for Thanksgiving; it’s tradition we go up there every Thanksgiving," White told Rome, per Damon Martin of MMA Fighting. "Somebody up there had it, and we get back and we all tested positive for COVID. Literally the whole family and my family up in Maine, too.
"We got back on Saturday. On Sunday – I cold plunge and steam every day – I get out of the cold plunge and I get in the steam, and I spray the eucalyptus and I couldn’t smell anything. So I open the bottle, I start sniffing the bottle of eucalyptus, and I’m like yeah, I got no smell. So you know what this means. I literally got out of the steam, picked up my phone and called (podcast host and UFC commentator) Joe Rogan."
Rogan was recently in headlines for advising unvaccinated Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on how to deal with his COVID-19 symptoms.
"He said get monoclonal antibodies in you as soon as possible," White said of his conversation with Rogan after learning he tested positive. "So I did. By noon, I had the monoclonal antibodies in me and then he told me to do an NAD drip. I did that.
"I get up Tuesday, getting ready to shave, cleaning my razor, I could smell the alcohol. My taste and smell were back the next day by 11 o’clock in the morning. Then I took a dose of ivermectin yesterday and then I did a vitamin drip and then today I did another NAD drip. Could not feel better. Feel like a million bucks. I’m doing two-a-day workouts by the way for the next 10 days while I have COVID, I’m in quarantine. I got my smell and taste back in less than 24 hours."
As John Pollock notes for Post Wrestling, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
White continued that he wants to attend Saturday's "Fight Night" card held at the UFC Apex as long as he clears certain protocols.
"If I test negative, then absolutely positively I’ll be there," he explained. "I’m going to do the exact protocol that’s supposed to be done to make sure I’m clean and can go and be around people again. As soon as that’s 100% clear, then I’ll be back to work."
White admitted knowing it's recommended that he isolates away from others for 10 full days but said he intends to "get back to work ASAP" and whenever he can produce negative test results.