Morocco’s Ottman Azaitar defeated Finland’s Teemu Packalen by KO on Saturday in a lightweight fight for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) in Abu Dhabi.
From the start of the fight, Ottman Azaitar, who has to his credit several victories in front of world champions in this discipline, imposed his style against his opponent. Azaitar, 29, World Champion Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), left no chance to Packalen who lost by KO in the first round.
In front of the cameras, he first said he was proud to represent his country, Morocco, and claimed to have had goose bumps while listening to the national anthem. “My mother was very scared for me. She called me on the phone a lot. She never looks at my fights,” says Azaitar.
“I fought without stress, without pressure, that’s why I was released and I fought well,” Azaitar added. “Nobody forced me to fight, it’s my will. I am proud to represent my country”.
He ended by addressing a message of thanks to King Mohammed VI: “I thank King Mohammed VI. We met him in Rabat two years ago. To help us, the Sovereign put at our disposal what we needed for training. A new generation of Moroccan champions arrives. Young Moroccans are very strong”.
To recall that Abu Bakr Azaitar, brother of Ottman Azaitar, is the first Moroccan to have signed a professional contract with the UFC. Played in The Arena, Abu Dhabi, this competition is attended by world champions from 13 countries.