UFC reduce undefeated light-weight Ottman Azaitar from its lively roster Friday, simply in the future earlier than he was scheduled to face Matt Frevola at UFC 257 on Struggle Island in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Azaitar (13-0), an thrilling German-Moroccan light-weight with 10 profession knockouts, was pulled from UFC 257 after committing a “violation of the well being and security protocols” on the W Lodge in Abu Dhabi. UFC president Dana White advised BT Sport that his safety crew recognized an unauthorized particular person getting into the fighter resort with a wristband offered by Azaitar to ship a bag to the fighter’s room.
“It is simply unhealthy,” White stated. “He is gone. He is not a UFC fighter, and he is not combating [at UFC 257].”
White stated the person “shimmied” throughout a number of balconies to enter Azaitar’s room. Azaitar and his total crew had been directed off the property Friday, sources advised ESPN.
UFC is headed into its third dwell occasion on Struggle Island in a seven-day span. All athletes, workers and media inside the bubble on the W Lodge have been examined for COVID-19 a number of occasions and had been topic to a 48-hour quarantine upon arrival on the resort.
Frevola has been rescheduled to face Arman Tsarukyan within the prelims of UFC 257. Tsarukyan’s unique opponent was compelled off the cardboard due to medical causes.