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MMA Fighter Got Fired from UFC as He Violated COVID-19 Health Safety Protocol

An undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has been fired from the UFC for violating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health safety protocol.

UFC President Dana White announced that the unbeaten German-Moroccan fighter Ottman Azaitar won’t fight anymore as he got fired from the industry.

UFC Moroccan Fighter
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According to the article of Bleacher Report, the 30-year-old was scheduled to face Matt Frevola at UFC 257 on Sunday, January 24 at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

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However, the fighter was found violating the health safety protocols and was unceremoniously removed from the card. White explained in an interview with BT Sport why he got fired.

“He and his team cut off their wrist bands, gave them to somebody outside the bubble, I don’t know how they even did it,” White said.

“That guy taped them, showed up here with a bag, went into a room, shimmied across four balconies, went in his room dropped the bag off, changed his clothes, and then left,” he added.

Meanwhile, Frevola is now set to fight with Arman Tsarukyan, who lost his originally scheduled opponent Nasrat Haqparast due to illness. The 13-0 MMA fighter, Azaitar is now totally done with the UFC, White revealed.

“Now when security tried to stop him he wouldn’t stop either way. He’s gone. He’s no longer a UFC fighter and he’s not fighting tonight,” White said.

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