UFC president Dana White recently spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity and was asked about an article in the New York Times that was critical of holding events during the COVID-19 global pandemic, noting that not all safety protocols were followed scrupulously at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida, the first league event back.
"We were trying to figure out solutions to the problems and how do you bring back sports safely, and health and safety is an issue for us every single weekend," said White, as transcribed by Spencer Neale for the Washington Examiner. "When we were leading up to these events, we had so many, you know, New York Times and so many other media people trying to sabotage the event so that it couldn't happen."
"This guy from the New York Times interviewed the president of ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, for 45 minutes, wasted 45 minutes of his time and never used one of his quotes. You know why? Because they were positive."
The UFC is holding shows, but in front of an empty arena. White was asked when he anticipates a live audience.
"It's gonna depend on testing," White replied. "If the level of testing keeps going up, you know, the president was talking about a tab that you would lick, and it would tell you immediately whether you had it or not. I think it's going to take something like that before we can bring fans back."