Ottman Azaitar is the first Moroccan to sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
By El Baz Abdessamad
Rabat – In a long-awaited debut, the Moroccan Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Ottman Azaitar, is expected to fight the Finnish fighter, Teemu Packalen at UFC 242 on September 7, 2019, in Abu Dhabi.
With a perfect record of 11-0, Ottman has recently won four fights, three of which are knockouts at the “Brave Combat Federation” competition.
Ottman, also known as “The Bulldozer”, is “Known for his aggressive, march forward style. Ottman lives up to his nickname and typically puts on the kinds of performances that will be a crowd-pleasing addition to the UFC roster.”, stated MMA Weekly.
Ottman’s last fight was in August 2018, in which he defeated the Serbian Danijel Kokora with the fastest knockout in Brave Combat Federation competition history. The fight finished at 0:32 of Round 1 at the Omnisports Indoor Club of Tangier.
Who Is Ottman Azaitar?
Ottman Azaitar was born in Cologne, Germany in 1990 to Moroccan immigrant parents. He attended the King Fahd Academy in Bonn, which was shut down in 2017.
In his teenage years, Ottman was plagued by a history of violence. In 2004, he served more than 2 years for “attacking a businessman, threatening his life by dousing him in gasoline, and stealing his Ferrari,” according to a report by the German newspaper, KSTA.
Ottman was also accused of violently beating a man, and assaulting his girlfriend. According to the same report.
Ottman, however, found refuge in MMA as a way to steer clear of his criminal activities. He competed in several competitions, including Cage Warriors, (KSW), and Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) before his signing with the UFC.
Ottman has posted several photographs of him and his brother with King Mohammed VI. Ottman expressed his gratitude, writing: “We love him and appreciate him a lot! May Allah protect and support him.”