Big blow for Ottman Azaitar. The Moroccan was fired from the UFC after breaking coronavirus safety protocol in Abu Dhabi.
Ottman Azaitar was due to compete in UFC 257 on Saturday against Matt Frevola, but in official weigh-ins on Friday it was announced he had been withdrawn from the fight.
The UFC later announced that Azaitar’s exclusion was due to “a recent violation of health and safety protocols.” UFC President Dana White later confirmed in an interview that Azaitar was sidelined for his actions.
According to him, Azaitar attempted to help others enter the designated UFC safe zone and bypass coronavirus quarantine measures.
“He and his team cut their bracelets, gave them to someone outside the bubble, I don’t know how they even did it,” Dana White said.
“This guy checked them in, showed up here with a bag, walked into a room, walked across four balconies, went to his room, put the bag down, changed his clothes, then left. Now, when security tried to stop him, he wasn’t stopping, anyway, and yes, that’s just… he left. He is no longer a UFC fighter and he is not fighting tonight,” he added.
Azaitar, 30, is undefeated in 13 pro fights and won his first two UFC fights by first round knockout. He knocked out Teemu Packalen on his Octagon debut at UFC 242, and followed it up with a 93-second TKO from Khama Worthy in a UFC Fight Night event last September.