On Friday, the UFC made a major announcement that they had released Ottman Azaitar from its active roster just a day before UFC 257.
Azaitar violated the health and safety protocols when he reportedly had an unauthorized individual set to visit him in his hotel this week.
The undefeated lightweight was scheduled to face Matt Frevola in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Arman Tsarukyan will now be taking Azaitar’s place. This match will be in the prelims of UFC 257.
“It’s just bad,” White explained. “He’s gone. He’s no longer a UFC fighter, and he’s not fighting [at UFC 257].”
White added that the unauthorized person shimmied across multiple balconies to deliver a bag to Ottman Azaitar.