WATCH: Dana White Congratulates Ottman Azaitar Following His Brutal TKO Win Over Khama Worthy

Published 09/12/2020, 11:51 PM EDT

UFC Lightweight Ottman Azaitar scored a spectacular first-round knockout over the perennially dangerous “Deathstar” Khama Worthy. The bout took place in the co-main slot at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs Hill and lived up to the hype. The finish came just 01:33 seconds into the opening round and saw Azaitar earn his second straight first-round promotional finish.

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“The Bulldozer” started off intensely and circled into Khama Worthy as soon as the fight was underway. What’s more, both fighters entered into the close range from the opening moments of the fight and landed heavy. Ottman Azaitar’s ferocity in close range coupled with his power punching led to the lighting quick finish.

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UFC President Dana White congratulated “The Bulldozer” following arguably a “Performance of the Night” worthy showcase. The two exchanged a quick fist-bump following Ottman’s departure from the octagon. Additionally, the co-main event victor directed the camera to capture the brief exchange between White and himself via UFC on BT Sport.

UFC Lightweight’s: Ottman Azaitar vs Khama Worthy

Azaitar extended his undefeated record to 13-0 with a statement victory that put the division on notice. He burst onto the scene back at UFC 242 back in September 2019 in a card headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov. The orthodox striker is known for his cerebral style that is enhanced by his famed durability in the cage.

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Khama Worthy will have to access his moves going forward in the talent stacked lightweight division. His active run during the pandemic era of the UFC comes to a halt with a critical loss that left plenty to be desired. Additionally, he appeared to be extremely gun shy as Ottman began the bout exerting pressure.

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The 155-pound division has, since a long time, housed a laundry list of dangerous combatants. The division is commanded by megastar Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has set the bar high for contenders. Fighters in the weight class will have to string several dominant victories to even enter the conversation of contention.

With a massive win in a co-headlining feature, the undefeated prospect will find himself at the helm of lucrative opportunities. Moreover, the fight wasa coming-out party for the Moroccan fighter, who hasn’t received mainstream exposure. The UFC will be keen to book him in high profile match-ups to promote him to the United States audience.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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