The UFC provided an official written statement on the matter, stating that the safety of all participants competing in UFC 257’s Pay-Per-View event remains the main priority.
“UFC is aware of a recent violation of the health and safety protocols involving Ottman Azaitar,” the statement read. “As such, Azaitar has been removed from the safety zone and his upcoming bout against Matt Frevola has been canceled.”
The organization continues to keep the health and safety of all participants as the top priority and will take action against anyone that does not adhere to the strict measures put in place.”
Since making his UFC debut in 2019 at UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier, Azaitar (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has gone 2-0, winning both fights by first round knockout.
At this time the UFC has not released information on what exactly Azaitar did to violate the health and safety protocols of the safety bubble.
In addition, with UFC 257 being the final event of the UFC Fight Island triple-header that took place this entire past week in Abu Dhabi, and with Azaitar being a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, he will likely have to wait for the promotion to return to Fight Island with another event before he can compete in the octagon again.