UFC star Abu Azaitar banned for SEVEN MONTHS after failing four drug tests just two weeks after brother was sackedFebruary 2, 2021
UFC star Abu Azaitar has been banned for SEVEN MONTHs after failing FOUR drug tests – just a fortnight after Dana White axed his brother.
The German-Moroccan middleweight, 34, has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
The USADA announced his suspension on Monday and after stating they had found banned substance tamoxifen in four of his tests.
He was facing a lengthy ban but will not be able to return to the octagon from next month after he wash able to prove a doctor had prescribed the substance.
USADA decided on the seven-month sanction following this evidence and dated it back to his first positive test in August 2020.
Azaitar has only fought once in UFC after defeating Vitor Miranda in July 2018 and is currently on a five-fight win streak.
The news comes just two weeks after younger brother Ottman Azaitar was kicked out of UFC for smuggling pals into the Abu Dhabi Fight Island bubble days before a fight in a major breach of coronavirus rules.
The unbeaten lightweight, 30, was due to face Matt Frevola on the undercard of Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
However, after a health and safety breach, Azaitar was dropped from the fight AND axed from UFC altogether.
Furious UFC boss Dana White confirmed the news, revealing 13-0 Azaitar was axed for giving his wristband to someone else and allowing them to sneak into the Fight Island hotel.
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On the German-born Moroccan star's behaviour, White said: “It's pretty amazing actually.
“He and his team cut off their wristbands and gave them to somebody outside the bubble. I don't know how they even did it.
“That guy taped them, showed up here with a bag, went into a room, shimmied across four balconies, went in his room, dropped the bag off, changed his clothes and left.
“Now when security tried to stop him he wouldn't stop. It's bad, he's gone. He's no longer a UFC fighter.”
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