Ottman Azaitar has been launched from his UFC contract for violating COVID-19 security protocols within the lead-up to Saturday’s UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
Azaitar had been scheduled to face Matt Frevola on the UFC 257 essential card on pay-per-view. He didn’t seem at Friday’s UFC 257 weigh-in, although it was introduced he wouldn’t be combating on Saturday.
UFC officers on the weigh-in provided no rationalization for Azaitar’s removing from the bout. UFC president Dana White, nonetheless, did so in an interview with UFC Arabia. He indicated that Azaitar and his crew overtly violated COVID-19 security protocols, resulting in Azaitar being launched from his contract.
“He and his crew reduce their wristbands off and acquired them to individuals on the surface (of the UFC security bubble), one man,” White stated.
“This man acquired contained in the bubble, went in by means of a room, shimmied down 4 balconies, went in by means of (Azaitar’s) balcony, and dropped off a bag of we don’t know what. Then modified his garments and went again exterior of the bubble.
“We acquired every part on digicam, we noticed the entire thing, and the way it all went down, pulled his battle and reduce him.”
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola takes UFC 257 featured prelim slot
Although Azaitar was faraway from the bout and launched, Frevola nonetheless has a battle at UFC 257.
Nasrat Haqparast, due to sickness, is unable to compete in his scheduled bout with Arman Tsarukyan. As such, Frevola will step into that bout to face Tsarukyan, which is the featured UFC 257 preliminary bout.
Tsarukyan missed the light-weight cut-off by one pound and was fined 20-percent of his battle purse, which is able to go to Frevola.
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