The UFC’s immediate removal of Ottman Azaitar was the right call

Ottman Azaitar will not be fighting Saturday night, as he was cut from the UFC after a violation of COVID safety protocols.

Ottman Azaitar was scheduled to face Matt Frevola on Saturday during the blockbuster UFC 257 event. Unfortunately for Azaitar, his UFC career ended before it could even really begin, as the bout with Frevola was removed from the card after Azaitar was caught violating COVID safety protocols while on Fight Island. It would have been Azaitar’s third Octagon appearance.

White explained that Azaitar and his team cut off their wristbands and gave them to someone outside of the bubble. That person then came into the bubble, with a taped wristband and entered the fighter hotel, scaled a balcony with a bag, and entered a hotel room.

Azaitar is the first fighter cut for a violation of the UFC’s COVID safety protocols

The UFC ultimately made the right decision in cutting the lightweight, as he violated the health and safety of everyone inside the UFC’s bubble. This is a step in the right direction for the UFC as it shows they are taking the protocol seriously, something they have been accused of not doing in the past. The virus remains a serious issue around the world, and anyone who puts others at risk should be held accountable for their actions.

As for Frevola, he remains on the card and will face Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight bout during the preliminary portion of the event on ESPN and ESPN+.

UFC 257 is the first pay-per-view of the new year, headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. The promotion will then take a week off before a slew of fights from Las Vegas in February take center stage.

UFC 257 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:24:47 +0000

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