UFC Vegas 10: Ottman Azaitar Sees UFC as “Champions League of MMA”

Ottman Azaitar will be looking to make it two wins in a row inside the octagon at UFC Vegas 10 this weekend. And to retain his perfect record.

It’s the sophomore outing in the promotion for Azaitar (12-0), whose brother Abu also fights for the promotion. Ottman, from Germany, will face off with Khama Worthy on Saturday night. The lightweight bout serves as the card’s co-main event.

The pair had originally been scheduled to face off in April. With the coronavirus pandemic taking hold at the time, it was forced back. “I used the time to stay in training, to stay safe and healthy,” Azaitar said of the delay, speaking at the UFC Vegas 10 media day this week. “And I wish that for the whole world too.”

The fight, obviously, takes place in Las Vegas. Abu Dhabi, where the promotion has set “Fight Island,” was apparently never a consideration in this case. “I heard about the nice hospitality of the country, everything is very good there,” Azaitar noted.

“For me, I’ll fight anywhere, any time. But my brother is going to fight next, October 10 in Abu Dhabi, and I will be cornering him.” That will give Ottman a chance to experience Fight Island for himself.

Even with his promotional debut having taken place nearly a year ago, Azaitar is still glowing when it comes to being a UFC fighter. “Like every other UFC fighter who worked hard in his career before he got to the UFC, it’s the biggest organization, it’s like Champions League of MMA. It’s the biggest dream of every fighter to get to the UFC,” he explained. “I appreciate the UFC [for having] me, and to have offered me the contract.”

“It’s like a dream came true,” he added.

As to what dangers opponent Worthy might pose, “for me it doesn’t matter. I take every opponent serious. For me, every opponent is a threat, every opponent is dangerous. It’s MMA, it’s not dancing. We have small gloves, so every punch can decide the fight.”

UFC Vegas 10 takes place this Saturday, September 12 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card airs live on ESPN+ (TSN in Canada).