Candace Owens Spotted at UFC Event Where Vaccinations Are Required

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens attended an event at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York where visitors are required to have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Tuesday, referee Mike Beltran uploaded a photo of him and Owens from November 6's UFC 268 (Ultimate Fighting Championship) onto Instagram and captioned the post: "You never know who you'll come across at events. Two very down-to-earth people @realcandaceowens @chris_meloni."

Owens also mentioned the event in response to a verified Twitter user who complimented her and claimed to have "made eye contact."

In the November 7 reply, Owens said: "Thank you. And next time feel free to start the argument. UFC crowd would have loved to see me deliver a TKO [technical knockout]."

Conservative commentator Owens, previously said she was unvaccinated in an October 25 Twitter post.

Her post read: "Update: I am still unvaccinated. I survived the greatest psychological fear campaign in human history.

"I choose to operate at a frequency above fear. I see our media and governments for what they are now: powerless without our incessant fear. The emperors have no clothes."

Owens has also previously said the COVID-19 vaccine "will never enter my arm" and has claimed there "is something purely evil involved" with the jabs.

Thank you 🇺🇸
And next time feel free to start the argument.
UFC crowd would have loved to see me deliver a TKO. 😉 https://t.co/F13oZPqmM9

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 7, 2021

The UFC event and MSG did, however, require guests aged 12 and older to have proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

MSG said New York City requires all guests 12 and older to provide proof of a COVID vaccination. It clarified this meant having "at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending."

Ticketmaster stated in its "important event info" that attendees needed to show "appropriate ID matching the name on the vaccination document" if they wanted to go to UFC 268.

Update: I am still unvaccinated.

I survived the greatest psychological fear campaign in human history.

I choose to operate at a frequency above fear. I see our media and governments for what they are now: powerless without our incessant fear.

The emperors have no clothes.

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 25, 2021

Ahead of the event, UFC President Dana White had railed against New York City's vaccine mandate for employees working there during an interview on Fox News.

But White told unvaccinated UFC fans: "I'm going to be putting on 44 other events around the country. You can go to one of those shows."

Emergency executive order 225 requires COVID-19 vaccinations for indoor entertainment, recreation, dining and fitness settings and has been in effect since September 13. Indoor stadiums are covered by the emergency executive order.

People and venues that violate the order are subjected to be fined no less than $1,000, which can increase to a penalty of no less than $5,000 following multiple offenses.

There are exemptions to the order who can enter covered venues and premises "provided that such individuals wear a face mask at all times they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals while inside.

These include:

  • "A nonresident performing artist not regularly employed by the covered entity as they are in a covered premises for purposes of performing.
  • "A nonresident professional athlete/ sports team who enters a covered premises as part of their regular employment for purposes of competing and
  • "A nonresident individual accompanying a performing artist or professional athlete/ sports team into a covered premises as part of their regular employment so long as the performing artist or professional athlete/ sports team are performing or competing in the covered premises."

Newsweek has contacted New York City, MSG and Owens for comment.

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Candace Owens is seen on set of "Candace" on September 07, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. The conservative commentator said she would never get the COVID-19 vaccine. Jason Davis/Getty Images