Dana White revealed he contracted COVID-19 during the Thanksgiving holiday, but he is already feeling better after being administered the same coronavirus treatment that Joe Rogan took when he was infected.
The UFC president appeared on "The Jim Rome Podcast" on Wednesday, where he provided a health update. White believes he contracted COVID-19 after going to his family's Thanksgiving celebration in Maine.
"We just went up to my place in Maine, and for Thanksgiving, it’s tradition, we go up there, and somebody had it, and we get back, and we all tested positive for COVID," White told host Jim Rome. "Literally the whole family and my family up in Maine, too."
White returned home on Saturday, but on Sunday, he noticed that he didn't have his sense of smell – a symptom of the illness.
"I cold plunge and steam every day," White explains. "So I get out of the cold plunge and steam, and I spray the eucalyptus and I was like, 'What the hell?' I couldn’t smell anything. So I opened the bottle and start sniffing the bottle of eucalyptus, and I'm like, 'Yeah, I got no smell.' I said, 'You know what this means.'"
"I literally got out of the steam and got on my phone and called Joe Rogan," White said.
“I get up, 9 o’clock Monday morning, and I get tested. He said get monoclonal antibodies in you as soon as possible, so I did," White said of Rogan's advice. "By noon, I had the monoclonal antibodies in me. Then he told me to do a NAD drip. I did that right after."
"I get up Tuesday getting ready to shave," he continued. "Cleaning my razor, I could smell the alcohol. My taste and smell were back by the next day by 11 o’clock. Then I took a dose of ivermectin. Then yesterday I did a vitamin drip, and today I’m doing another NAD drip."
"Could not feel better. I’m feeling like a million bucks," White exclaimed. "I’m doing two-a-day workouts for the next 10 days while I have COVID and I’m in quarantine. I got my smell and taste back in less than 24 hours."
Rome asked White, 52, why he consulted Rogan first before a doctor.
"Listen, I’m vaccinated," White responded. "It’s not like I’m some crazy anti-vax conspiracy theorist or some of that stuff but Rogan is a very brilliant guy. Very smart guy who talks to the best and the brightest out there, and I’m not a believer in the narrative."
"But at the end of the day, this is a free country. Cause what happens when you get this stuff, they tell you stay home for the next 10 days until you don’t test positive. That doesn’t seem smart to me. Just like when we went through COVID, I believe in finding solutions to problems and answers.”
"Rogan has worked with over 30 or 40 people that have done this and he swears by it, and he’s a good friend of mine that I’ve known for over 20 years. So yeah, I believe in what he’s saying. I believe the things he explained to me on how this thing works made sense to me," White said.
"If you got COVID, I would urge you to do this," White told Rome. "Not only did I believe in it before I did it, now I've actually done it. I'm on day three of COVID. Day three of COVID, smell and taste is back. I could not feel better and I'm doing two-a-day workouts while I'm going through COVID."
"I’m attacking this thing with the methods that Rogan has learned from some very smart people," he added. "I’m going to keep testing every two days until I’m negative and then I’m going to get back to work ASAP."
White said he and his family are currently in isolation. He hopes to attend the Ultimate Fighting Championship's next event on Saturday – UFC Vegas 44 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"If I test negative, then absolutely, positively I’ll be there," he said. "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."
Previously, All-Pro Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers consulted Rogan on COVID-19 treatments after he tested positive for coronavirus. After subscribing to the same treatment that Rogan was prescribed, Rodgers was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, just 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus — the earliest he was eligible to return.
On Oct. 28, the unvaccinated Rogan tested positive for COVID-19 and "immediately threw the kitchen sink at it." His treatment consisted of "all kinds of meds, monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything."
By Sept. 1, he said, "I actually feel pretty f***ing good."
On Sept. 3, Rogan, 54, tested negative for COVID-19.