Story at a glance

  • Dana White told “The Jim Rome Podcast” that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
  • White confirmed he is vaccinated and that he made a call to Joe Rogan for advice.
  • Rogan is the host of popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” and has been known to make controversial statements about COVID-19 vaccines.

The head of popular mixed martial arts organization UFC said he tested positive for COVID-19 and that he’s turning to a controversial figure for advice.

In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas.John Locher/ AP


Dana White, president of UFC, spoke on "The Jim Rome Podcast" on Wednesday and revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. White confirmed that he was vaccinated and he temporarily experienced a loss of smell, which he regained within 48 hours.

White also said that he consulted with Joe Rogan, host of the popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” for advice on what to do about his diagnosis.

Rogan has been known to spread controversial ideas about the COVID-19 vaccines, like how young people don’t need to get vaccinated against the virus. 


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That prompted the White House to respond, with communications director Kate Bedingfield telling CNN in April, “I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”

Rogan himself contracted COVID-19 in September and said he tried a variety of treatments, including ivermectin, despite the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saying the drug should not be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.  

Now White has tested positive for the virus and, according to ESPN, told “The Jim Rome Podcast” that he called Rogan immediately after his positive test. He has taken a monoclonal antibody treatment, NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) drip, vitamin drip and ivermectin. 

White said he feels like "a million bucks" despite temporarily losing his sense of smell and continues to exercise multiple times per day. 

The UFC president hopes to test negative very soon so he can attend the UFC Fight Night event on Saturday in Las Vegas.

According to ESPN, White was one of the most aggressive commissioners in sports during the coronavirus pandemic. UFC was able to keep its events going on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi during the pandemic in 2020 by working with the United Arab Emirates government. It also managed to continue hosting events in Las Vegas at its Apex facility.


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Published on Dec 02, 2021