UnderGround Forums Ottman Azaitar gets a second chance from DFW

10 days ago
1/1/01
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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.

10 days ago
9/5/12
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Boo.

10 days ago
12/2/07
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I’d certainly like to know what the “misunderstanding” was. 
 

“It was only a bag full of the finest silks”

 

”It was only a bag of passion fruit, I really love passion fruit”. 

10 days ago
6/3/11
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Scaling balconies and swapping wristbands doesn’t much of a misunderstanding to me 

10 days ago
7/27/08
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Wow I really didn’t see this coming. It sounded so cut and dry in terms of rule breaking. 
 

Ali musta promised White one more fight with Khabib haha

10 days ago
11/18/14
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must assess him to be a future champion 

10 days ago
8/10/05
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FETT_the geek - 

I’d certainly like to know what the “misunderstanding” was. 
 

“It was only a bag full of the finest silks”

 

”It was only a bag of passion fruit, I really love passion fruit”. 


The misunderstanding is Azaitar's manager is Ali Abdelasleeze.

9 days ago
1/27/12
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I would love to know the whole story cuz as others have stated it seemed like what he did could have fucked EVERYTHING up.

9 days ago
1/1/01
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I know hes widely disliked, but what Ali have that allows him the power to undo a Blaf-ening?  Where does the shot caller power come from?

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10/9/10
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FETT_the geek -

I’d certainly like to know what the “misunderstanding” was. 
 

“It was only a bag full of the finest silks”

 

”It was only a bag of passion fruit, I really love passion fruit”. 

This

Also for some reason I feel like the fact that Ali being his manager is not a coincidence 

9 days ago
10/9/10
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HYBRID JON -

I know hes widely disliked, but what Ali have that allows him the power to undo a Blaf-ening?  Where does the shot caller power come from?

I don’t have numbers or evidence but it certainly seems like fighters managed by Ali are well taken care of. 

9 days ago
7/31/09
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MasterofMartialArts -
HYBRID JON -

I know hes widely disliked, but what Ali have that allows him the power to undo a Blaf-ening?  Where does the shot caller power come from?

I don’t have numbers or evidence but it certainly seems like fighters managed by Ali are well taken care of. 

Its almost like he has connections to a part of the world with great fighters.

9 days ago
12/2/07
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MasterofMartialArts -
FETT_the geek -

I’d certainly like to know what the “misunderstanding” was. 
 

“It was only a bag full of the finest silks”

 

”It was only a bag of passion fruit, I really love passion fruit”. 

This

Also for some reason I feel like the fact that Ali being his manager is not a coincidence 

Oh I completely agree. I don’t think Ali has dirt on anyone, I think his power comes from being able to leverage lots of the UFC’s top talent. “If you dont let so and so fight I won’t let so snd so fight”.