|Intro||German mixed martial arts fighter|
|Is||Athlete Martial artist Thai boxer|
|Birth||20 February 1990, Cologne, Cologne Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
Ottman Azaitar (born February 20, 1990) was a German-Moroccan mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the younger brother of UFC fighter Abu Azaitar.
Ottman Azaitar was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990 to Moroccan immigrant parents. Azaitar grew up in the Dellbrück district of Cologne until he moved with his family to Weiden. He attended the King Fahd Academy in Bonn until the age of 15. The controversial school, which shut down in 2017 of its own accord, was funded by the Saudi government and suspected of “attracting Islamists to Germany.” At the academy, all school subjects were taught exclusively in Arabic. This unusual school career initially had a negative impact on his German language skills, which became noticeable when he moved to the Hildegard of Bingen Gymnasium in Cologne. However, the initial language difficulties were overcome and he left the high school after graduating in 2012 with a grade point average of 1.9. After graduating from high school, he took up studies in business administration.
He began his sports career as a six-year-old boy. Until the age of ten, he learned the techniques of ju-jitsu martial arts. Then he switched to boxing, Thai boxing and kickboxing, in which he also won several important titles until 2012. These include his titles as champion in thaiboxing of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2011 and the following year as German champion in thaiboxing. At the same time, Ottman Azaitar was called up to the German national Thai boxing team and participated in the world championship in Saint Petersburg.
Mixed martial arts career
Starting his career in 2014, Ottman fought mainly regional German promotions and then later joined Brave Combat Federation. While in BRAVE, in his third fight for the organization, he won the BRAVE Combat Federation Lightweight Championship against Alejandro Martinez via 3rd round TKO. In his next fight, he fought Danijel Kokora in a welterweight non-title bout, picking up a 31-second KO. He was later stripped of the Lightweight Championship after refusing to defend it in a timely manner, with Mohammed Shahid, the President of Brave CF, releasing the following statement
“Ottoman Azaitar has had a great career with Brave Combat Federation, fighting a really good fight in Morocco which was not for the title. If you look at the lightweight division today, we have not had a title defense for nearly a year at this point. Of course, this is very unfair to the division as a whole, and we have to make a decision on that. We are confirming right now; November in Bahrain, we will have a lightweight title fight. And we’ve been working to make that fight happen for a while now. If we don’t have that caliber of fighters, the one is willing to fight against the best in the world, that fighter doesn’t have a place here at Brave, To make it official; we have stripped Ottman Azaitar of the lightweight title. We will have a match for the vacant title during the Brave International fight Week in November. The most important thing here, the message, is to make sure that we have athletes who actively want to fight the best in the world – especially as champion.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On September 7, 2019, Ottman made his UFC debut at UFC 242 against Teemu Packalén. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
A bout between Azaitar and Khama Worthy was previously scheduled to take place at UFC 249. However, the event was cancelled in early April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight was then rescheduled to UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai. In turn, the pair was removed from that event due to undisclosed reasons and moved to UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill Azaitar went on to win the fight via technical knockout in the first round.
On November 21, 2020, it was announced that Azaitar was scheduled to fight against Matt Frevola on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257. However, on the day of the weigh-ins it was announced that Azaitar withdrew from the bout. It was later announced by Dana that Ottman had broken safety protocols as a result of this, he was released from the UFC. Dana White released the following statement on the matter:
“He and his team cut their wristbands off and got them to people on the outside, one guy, This guy got inside the bubble, went in through a room, shimmied down four balconies, went in through (Azaitar’s) balcony, and dropped off a bag of we don’t know what. Then he changed his clothes and went back outside of the bubble. We got everything on camera, we saw the whole thing, and how it all went down, pulled his fight and cut him.”
As the result of violate the Covid safety protocoa, Azaitar was released from UFC on January 23, 2021.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (Two time) vs. Teemu Packalén and Khama Worthy
- Brave Combat Federation
- BRAVE Combat Federation Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||13 wins||0 losses|
|Win||13–0||Khama Worthy||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill||September 12, 2020||1||1:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||12–0||Teemu Packalén||KO (punch)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||1||3:35||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–0||Danijel Kokora||KO (punch)||Brave CF 14||August 18, 2018||1||0:32||Tangier, Morocco||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||10–0||Alejandro Martinez||TKO (punches)||Brave CF 9: The Kingdom of Champions||November 17, 2017||3||1:16||Isa Town, Bahrain||Won the BCF Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Charlie Leary||TKO (punches)||Brave FC 4: Unstoppable||March 31, 2017||1||2:22||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||8–0||Kevin Koldobsky||Decision (unanimous)||Brave FC 2: Dynasty||December 2, 2016||3||5:00||Isa Town, Bahrain|
|Win||7–0||Łukasz Szczerek||TKO (punches)||GMC 8||April 16, 2016||1||0:56||Castrop-Rauxel, Germany|
|Win||6–0||Ramūnas Paliunis||TKO (punches)||Fair FC 4||November 28, 2015||1||1:16||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Win||5–0||Christoph Hector||Submission (guillotine choke)||Mix Fight Gala 18||June 5, 2015||1||2:57||Fulda, Germany|
|Win||4–0||Serge Dali||Submission (rear naked choke)||GMC 6||April 18, 2015||1||3:30||Castrop-Rauxel, Germany|
|Win||3–0||Ilbey Akdas||KO (punch)||Fair FC 3||March 25, 2015||1||0:14||Rheinberg, Germany|
|Win||2–0||Alexander Vogt||TKO (submission to punches)||Fair FC 2||November 1, 2014||2||4:01||Herne, Germany|
|Win||1–0||Patrick Talmon||TKO (punches)||Showdown Fight Night||June 7, 2014||1||0:19||Mannheim, Germany||Welterweight debut.|