” He and his group cut off their wrist bands, provided to somebody outside the bubble, I do not understand how they even did it,” White stated. “That guy taped them, appeared here with a bag, went into a room, shimmied throughout 4 balconies, went in his room dropped the bag off, altered his clothing, and after that left.
” Now when security attempted to stop him, he wouldnt stop, either way, and yeah, its just … hes gone. Hes no longer a UFC fighter and hes not battling tonight.”
With Azaitar out, Frevola now deals with Arman Tsarukyan in a 157-pound catchweight bout. Tsarukyan lost his initially set up opponent, Nasrat Haqparast, to a health problem.
Azaitar, 30, is unbeaten in 13 pro bouts and he won his very first 2 UFC fights by first-round knockout. He knocked out Teemu Packalen in his octagon debut at UFC 242, and followed that up with a 93-second TKO of Khama Worthy at a UFC Fight Night occasion this past September.
UFC light-weight Ottman Azaitar is no longer with the promotion after he broke COVID-19 safety procedure in Abu Dhabi.
Azaitar was arranged to contend at UFC 257 this Saturday versus Matt Frevola, however throughout Fridays official weigh-ins it was announced that he had been eliminated from the card. The UFC later on revealed that Azaitars elimination was because of “a recent violation of the health and wellness protocols.”
UFC President Dana White later validated in an interview with BT Sport that Azaitar had been cut for his actions, news that was first reported by MMA Junkie. According to White, Azaitar tried to assist others enter the UFCs designated security zone and bypass COVID-19 quarantine measures.