John Oliver, host of the ‘Last Week Tonight’ has roasted the UFC and other sporting organizations for returning to business in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic in a hilarious segment on his show.
Oliver took particular relish in making fun of the UFC’s plans to host events on a private island in the near future, which Dana white has since dubbed, ‘Fight Island’.
“Now, is that a clever name? No. Is it the perfect name? Yes,” Oliver said. “Because it’s the first thought an idiot would have if they wanted to name a private island where fights happen. …
“He didn’t even go for the obvious name for an island where you stage UFC fights, which is simply ‘UF-Sea.’ “Look at me, Dana. Why didn’t you just call it ‘UF-Sea’? It’s perfect.”
Oliver then went on to mention the fact that the UFC’s first event back resulted in three people testing positive for covid-19.
“Just the day before last weekend’s UFC event a fighter had to pull out after he and two of his cornermen tested positive, underscoring the fact that if you want to come back completely without risk, that’s just not possible right now.”
Oliver’s cutting remarks provoked a response from White, who sought to defend the health and safety procedures the UFC had in place.
“I like John Oliver, I think he’s funny,” White wrote on Instagram.
“But this is a perfect example of how you can control the narrative by using selective facts. We did approximately 1,100 tests, only 3 were positive, it was a fighter and his 2 trainers and we had 3 events NOT 1 (via @lastweektonight).”