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Dana White Reveals Incredible Story Of Why He Kicked Ottman Azaitar Out Of UFC Ahead Of UFC 257

Dana White Reveals Incredible Story Of Why He Kicked Ottman Azaitar Out Of UFC Ahead Of UFC 257

Dana White has candidly spoken out over his reason to expel Ottman Azaitar from the UFC after the MMA fighter and his team violated the rules and regulations in place.

Azaitar, who is undefeated in his pro MMA career, was set to face Matt Frevola on 24th January at UFC 257.

But the 30-year-old German-Moroccan has been pulled from the fight on Friday after UFC cited a 'recent violation of the health and safety protocols.'

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Now, White has revealed that Azaitar and his camp brought an individual from outside of the bubble who "went into a room, shimmied across four balconies, went in his room, dropped the bag off, changed his clothes and left."

Speaking after the weigh-in, the UFC president explained: "Yeah, it's pretty amazing actually.

"So, he and his team cut off their wristbands, gave them to somebody outside the bubble -- I don't know how they even did it -- that guy taped them and showed up here with a bag.

"He went into a room, shimmied across four balconies, went in his room, dropped the bag off, changed his clothes and left.

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White told another reporter that the UFC captured "everything on camera" and wasted no time in 'pulling Azaitar's fight.'

The 51-year-old explained: "One guy got inside the bubble, went in through a room and shimmied down four balconies, got in through his balcony and dropped off a bag of we don't know what.

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"He changed his clothes and went back outside the bubble. We got everything on camera, we saw the whole thing and how it all went down and pulled his fight."

White has confirmed that Azaitar has been replaced by Arman Tsarukyan for the Frevola fight.

"It worked out for him," he admitted. "I'm happy for both the guys that we were able to get a fight."

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Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC 257, UFC, MMA, Dana White

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