Ottman Azaitar gets a second chance from Dana White

The UFC created a bubble on Fight Island with all staff, fighters, and support personnel essentially quarantine together, after testing negative for COVID-19. Unfortunately, shortly before UFC 257: McGregor v Poirier 2, rising star Ottman “The Bulldozer” Azaitar violated COVID-19 health and safety protocols – he and his team attempted to sneak unapproved guests into the designated safety zone by cutting and passing off their security wristbands. The fight vs. Matt Frevola was canceled, and Azaitar was escorted from the premises.

UFC president Dana White was livid, and said, “it’s bad, he’s gone, he’s no longer a UFC fighter.”

However, while it was widely believed that Azaitar had been fired, Brett Okamoto for ESPN reports that White has decided to give Ottman a second chance.

“Surround yourself with great people. I’m always grateful to everyone who was involved in this situation. The Bulldozer is back,” wrote Azaitar on Instagram.

Ottman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told Okamato that the situation was a “misunderstanding.” The manager also thanked White for keeping the lightweight on the roster, and noted he was never removed from the USADA testing pool.

The former BRAVE Combat Federation lightweight champion owns a perfect 13-0 record, and won his two UFC fights to date in a combined 5:08. There is no word on his next opponent. 

Otttman’s older brother Abu “Gladiator” Azaitar is 14-2-1 and won his UFC debut vs. Vitor Miranda via Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night 134 on July 22, 2018. Abu saw two scheduled fights canceled in 2020, vs. Alessio Di Chirico and Joaquin Buckley.

Abdelaziz is a controversial figure, but he has delivered for one of his fighters once again.

And “The Steamrolla” Frevola was immediately rebooked vs. Arman Tsarukyan, after the Russian-Armenian’s original opponent Nasrat Haqparast withdrew due to illness. Haqparast missed weight by one pound and forfeited 20% of his purse to Frevola, who ended up losing a Unanimous Decision.

So, yah, these things happen in mixed martial arts.

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