Michael Chandler’s performance as part of the UFC 268 event in New York City seems to be under an increasing question mark. Namely, New York has recently become the first major American city to insist on vaccinating all persons (against COVID-19) who participate in indoor activities (restaurants, sports events and various entertainment events), and Chandler has no plans to vaccinate.
A little less than three weeks ago, "Iron" stated that he would agree to vaccination if the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) approves the vaccine 100%. '' I'm not an anti-waxer and it's not that I don't believe in the effects of the vaccine.
I just don’t want to receive it until it’s one hundred percent approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)." " We received all other vaccines that were 100% validated and approved. I don't know what will happen to my fight, we'll see, '' Chandler said earlier this month via a video on Instagram.
The FDA last week approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in full, and one fan via Twitter raised the question of whether Chandler would be vaccinated after FDA approval.
'' Mike only needs one dose to perform in New York.
I just want Michael Chandler to be honest and admit that he has no intention of taking the vaccine, regardless of FDA approval, '' wrote follower Kevin Noel, and Michael Chandler replied shortly afterward: '' I don't want the vaccine, whether it's approved by the FDA or not.
Is that honest enough for you? I have no problem with people taking it, we all have a choice, and this is mine. " The event at New York’s Madison Square Garden is scheduled to take place on November 6, and the question definitely arises as to what will happen to the fight between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje.
UFC President Dana White has stated that the UFC will never force fighters to get vaccinated if they don’t want to, while Gaethje recently said he is ready to fight Chandler anywhere in the world. It remains to be seen how the whole situation will unfold.
Whether there will be a change of decision in the UFC or maybe Chandler will decide to get vaccinated remains to be seen. Indeed, the pandemic has affected many things in the world of sports, and this is just another thing that no one can influence, and Chandler’s decision, for now, no one can punish. In any case, the UFC will have to decide what is best at the moment, and we hope there will be a fight.