UFC president Dana White launched Ottman Azaitar from the promotion the day earlier than his scheduled fight at UFC 257 for attempting to sneak others into the COVID-19 security bubble on Combat Island.
The bout between Azaitar (13-Zero MMA, 2-Zero UFC) and Matt Frevola (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) was scratched from the cardboard early Friday after the official weigh-ins, but no reason was given. White later instructed Farah Hannoun at MMA Junkie that it was due to the fighter breaking security protocol. He was additionally launched for the act.
The UFC rebooked Frevola for a bout against Arman Tsarukyan. Tsarukyan missed weight for his bout with Hasrat Haqparast on the UFC 257 card, however Haqparast withdrew as a consequence of sickness.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor anchor the principle card.
Azaitar tried to skirt COVID-19 security laws
A UFC press launch stated the bout was lower for a well being and security violation. White was requested how that would occur given they had been out on an island and he requested somebody to the side of a UFC on BT Sport camera in the event that they had been going to inform the story.
“It’s fairly superb, really, the story,” White stated.
After Azaitar and his crew crossed into the secure zone on Combat Island, they lower their wristbands off and handed them to others so they might get into the bubble, White stated.
“One man, this man received contained in the bubble, went in via a room, shimmied down 4 balconies and went in via his balcony and dropped off a bag of, we don’t know what. After which modified his garments and went again exterior of the bubble.
We received every thing on digital camera. We noticed the entire thing and the way every thing went down. And [we] pulled his battle and lower him.”
White told reporters for UFC on BT Sport that safety tried to cease him, however the man didn’t heed the decision.
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