Dana White Gives Ottoman Azaitar a ‘Second Chance’ After Breaking COVID Protocols

February 21, 2021 8:24 pm

UFC president Dana White has decided not to drop off Ottoman Azaitar after an insane and flagrant safety violation on fight island in Abu Dhabi.
According to Brett Okamoto, the UFC has given Azaitar a ‘second chance’ in the promotion.

Azaitar had to face Matt Frevola at UFC 257, but the fight was canceled because Azaitar broke the safety norms in UFC’s bubble in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
The promotion restricts all UFC fighters from traveling or moving outside the island once they arrive.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Ottman Azaitar of Germany poses for a photo after his KO victory over Teemu Packalen of Finland in their lightweight bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019, in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old German mixed martial artist made his UFC debut on September 7, 2019. Subsequently, he’s had two matches and won both via knock-out and technical knock-out, respectively. There is no news about his next fight in the Octagon. However, the ‘Bulldozer’ is still in the roster and has a chance to win his way up.

How Dana White managed UFC during coronavirus

COVID-19 has not only slowed down UFC, but has affected all major sports leagues and competitions. Running a global mixed martial arts competition amidst this pandemic is way beyond explanation. White received a good amount of criticism from fans around the world when he started holding cards. But even under immense pressure, Dana White pulled the show off with the required safety norms.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – June 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during the 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

As a result of this pandemic, they removed a lot of fighters from the UFC, which caused a lot of uneasiness within the roster. UFC as an entire organization kept a close watch on its staff and athletes during this entire time. They moved some of their events to UFC apex in Las Vegas to ensure the fan’s and fighters’ safety. From then on, The UFC has been consistent and hasn’t stepped down.

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Joel John

Joel John is an MMA author at EssentiallySports and is based in Bangalore. His love for UFC started after Khabib Nurmagomedov entered the promotion and took down some legends. He is also a die-hard fan of Lewis Hamilton. Joel is a musician who can play 6 different instruments. He is a writer by day and a musician by night.

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