Good news for Ottman Azaitar. The Moroccan will ultimately stay at the UFC after being fired in January for breaking coronavirus safety protocol in Abu Dhabi.
UFC President Dana White said he decided to give Ottman Azaitar a “second chance” after the latter was permanently banned for “a recent violation of health and safety protocols of security”.
The main concern was quick to react on Instagram on the second chance he was given. “Surround yourself with great people. I am always grateful to everyone who was involved in this situation. The Bulldozer is back,” he wrote.
Azaitar was scheduled to face Matt Frevola at UFC 257, but the fight was called off the day before when Dana White revealed that Azaitar had come into contact with an individual outside of the UFC bubble on Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi.
Azaitar is said to have attempted to help others enter the designated UFC safe zone and circumvent the coronavirus quarantine measures. The fighter was immediately expelled from the premises by the UFC.
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. There is no current schedule for his next game.