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Stripped: Ottman Azaitar is no longer Brave Combat Federation lightweight champion

Morocco’s Ottman Azaitar has been stripped of the Brave lightweight title, will not fight again in 2018.

Ottman Azaitar (centre, with title). Photo: Jendar Khemesh / Brave Combat Federation
Ottman Azaitar (centre, with title). Photo: Jendar Khemesh / Brave Combat Federation

Ottman Azaitar has been stripped of his Brave lightweight title.

Azaitar returned to action to headline Brave 14 in Tangier, Morocco, in recent weeks and took his victory in lightning fashion. Only thing, it was a non-title fight, one weight class up.

Mohammed Shahid, president, Brave Combat Federation, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon. announced that Ottman Azaitar is no longer the champion of the lightweight division of Brave Combat Federation.

Mohammad Shaid, Brave Combat Federation President. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

Mohammad Shaid, Brave Combat Federation President. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

“Ottman Azaitar had a great career with the Brave Combat Federation. He fought a really good fight in Morocco which was not for the title.”

“If you look at the lightweight division today, keeping Ottman’s fight in Morocco apart, we did not have a title defence almost for a year at this point. Which is something that is very unfair for the division as a whole. And we have to make a decision on that”, said Mohammed Shahid.

What happens next?

“We are confirming in November in Bahrain, we will have the 70 Kg title fight and we are trying to make that fight happen for a while now”, continued Shahid.

“If we don’t have that calibre of fighters willing to fight against the best in the world, that fighter doesn’t have a place in the Brave Combat Federation.”

Ottman Azaitar. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

Ottman Azaitar. Photo courtesy Brave Combat Federation

“Officially we will be in a position to say that if he is not accepting the fight so we will have to make sure that we don’t make it unfair for rest of the athletes at 70 kg”, he added.

“To make it official we have made sure that Ottman Azaitar will be stripped off the lightweight title. We will have the match for a vacant title that will take place at the Brave International Combat Week.”

“The most important thing, the message here is to make sure that we want to have the athlete that is going to be fighting to be the best in the world as the champion.” stated Shahid.

Growth of the lightweight division, with a change at the top

The Brave lightweight division has witnessed serious growth over past year with multiple global athletes signing in to the division.

With the welterweight title being contested during Brave 16 by the champion Carlston Harris against Jarrah Al Selawe, the lightweight championship remains the only title to be defended.

The athlete relations department of Brave Combat Federation was informed that Azaitar will not be competing again in 2018 which had led to take the step.

At the same time, the interim champion Lucas “Mineiro” Martins will be moving down to his original weight class at featherweight division vacating the interim title.

Ottman Azaitar. Photo: Jendar Khemesh

Ottman Azaitar. Photo: Jendar Khemesh

Recently major stars from the lightweight division including Abdul Kareem Al Selwady, Eldar Eldarov, Luan Santiago, Cleiton Silva, Erick Da Silva and Godofredo Pepey had called out for their turn to contest for the lightweight championship.

However Ottman Azaitar had not responded to the challenges yet.

Watch: Statement on Ottman Azaitar from Mohammad Shahid

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