Ottman Azaitar
Bulldozer

Morocco

Getting second chance with UFC
LightweightUFC
February 20, 2021
UFC president Dana White said Saturday that he has decided to give Azaitar a second chance in the promotion after he was reportedly released from his contract last month for breaking COVID-19 protocols while in Abu Dhabi, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Azaitar was supposed to fight Matt Frevola at UFC 257 on Jan. 23 but that bout was canceled the day before after Dana White was informed Azaitar had come into contact with someone outside the UFC bubble. Following the incident, White opted to cut the 31-year-old from the promotion but has now reversed his decision and will keep him with the UFC. Azaitar's manager reportedly described the entire situation as a "misunderstanding" which likely led to White changing his mind. There is currently no timetable on when the Morrocan native is expected to fight next.
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Cut by UFC
LightweightUFC
January 22, 2021
Azaitar was cut by the UFC after violation health and safety protocols, UFC on BT Sport reports.
ANALYSIS
Azaitar had been set to face Matt Frevola on Saturday. Not only will he not be facing Frevola, he won't be fighting at all under the UFC banner after attempting to sneak someone into the bubble at UFC 257. It's a surprising and disappointing end to the UFC career of a fighter who's undefeated in 13 professional fights, including a pair of first-round wins in the Octagon.
Pulled from UFC 257
LightweightUFC
January 22, 2021
Azaitar violated UFC's health and safety protocols and won't fight Matt Frevola at UFC 257 on Saturday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Frevola will instead face Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight bout after Nasrat Haqparast was forced to withdraw due to an illness. Azaitar will need to wait for another opportunity to re-enter the Octagon after breaking COVID-19 protocols.
Set to face Matt Frevola
LightweightUFC
November 19, 2020
Azaitar will take on Matt Frevola in a lightweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Azaitar is undefeated in 13 career professional fights, though just two of those have come with the UFC. He could hardly have been more impressive in those two matches, however, scoring first-round knockouts over Teemu Packalen and Khama Worthy. He's had to wait for the judges' decision just once in his entire career. In Frevola, he'll face an opponent who is also coming off two straight wins, though both of his came via decision.
Destroys Khama Worthy in Vegas
LightweightUFC
September 12, 2020
Azaitar defeated Khama Worthy via TKO (punches) at 1:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Given a surprising co-main event spot in just his second fight with the company, Azaitar made the most of his opportunity. Fresh off a first-round knockout win over Teemu Packalen last September, Azaitar followed that up with an equally-impressive performance on Saturday. The 30-year-old smashed Worthy with a beautiful combination before unleashing some vicious follow-up shots. It will be interesting to see how Azaitar fares against better competition, but his power is clearly legitimate. He's a perfect 13-0 as a professional, with ten of those wins coming via knockout. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
Taking on Worthy on Saturday
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2020
Azaitar's scheduled lightweight matchup against Khama Worthy has been moved to the UFC event scheduled for Sept. 12.
ANALYSIS
It will have been more than a year since Azaitar's successful UFC debut by the time he takes the cage Saturday. In that particular fight, the 30-year-old improved to 12-0 with a first-round knockout against Teemu Packalen that also netted him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Azaitar was supposed to take on Worthy at UFC 249 in April, but it was one of many fights that fell through due to the pandemic. Now set to resume, Azaitar enters as approximately a (+120) betting underdog against a fellow prospect who is 2-0 (two stoppages) with the company.