Matt Frevola was forced to wait for Ottman Azaitar to defeat him, but it wasn’t long before Frevola beat him.
In a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in January 2021, Frevola (10-3-1) needed just 2:30 to land a series of punches that turned Azaitar’s lights off in a UFC 281 preliminary bout on Saturday.
Watch Frevola’s powerful knockout finish above.
Frevola took his time finding the range against the hard-hitting Azaitar, a previously undefeated fighter coming off of three straight wins by first-round KO/TKO. Frevola counterpunched Azaitar with two punches, then hit Azaitar with a right hand that landed on the button.
Frevola won the knockout in his second consecutive round. He was just coming off a TKO of Genaro Vallejo at UFC last January. “The Steamrolla” improved his UFC record to 4-3-1.
Azaitar (13-1) loses for the first time as a pro in his first fight since September 2020. He was paired up with Frevola at UFC 257, but that bout was canceled when Azaitar was briefly released from the promotion for breaching COVID-19 protocol in Abu Dhabi. Azaitar reportedly allowed an unauthorized associate to enter the “bubble” to deliver a bag, the contents of which remain unknown to this day.
Addressing the controversy earlier this week, Azaitar insisted it was not a big deal and that the mystery bag situation wasn’t like something out of “Mission: Impossible.”