Khama Worthy told his manager that he wanted to fight Ottman Azaitar, no matter what, after their first encounter was postponed in April amid the pandemic.
Khama Worthy has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC’s talent-stacked lightweight division. With a record of 16-6, Worthy has capitalized on his opportunity to compete on the big stage, as he has turned in two stoppage victories since joining the promotion in August of 2019.
Having won seven-straight fights, Worthy says that his popularity has skyrocketed overnight, as he most recently rallied to defeat Luis Pena via a modified guillotine choke in the second round at UFC Vegas 4. After taking nearly three months off, Worthy is back in action against Ottman Azaitar, a fight that was originally scheduled for the spring but fell through. The bout will take place as part of the UFC Vegas 10 co-main event.
“Yeah, to a certain degree,” Worthy said when asked about his rise in popularity during his pre-fight interview. “Like, you know, people on social media and stuff like that. My Instagram fame went up a little bit more. I got above 10,000 [followers].”
Worthy wanted the opportunity to finish what he started, as he proposed to his manager and the UFC that a bout with Azaitar was the fight to make.
“I actually asked for this fight,” Worthy said. “Right after my last fight, my manager asked me if I wanted it, and I said I wanted this fight simply because we prepared for it for so long for the April card. I found out that I was going to fight him in April [around] January, so I prepared for it and I just want to finish it. I hate, like, doing stuff and not really getting a result, whether I did good or I did bad. I want to see how it would have happened, so I really want the finishing touches on this one.”
Khama Worthy wants to put on more exciting fights and feels that Ottman Azaitar is the perfect dance partner.
Worthy feels that Azaitar is an exciting fighter and could pose him his toughest challenge to date, explaining how he and Azaitar have similar finish rates. Regardless of the outcome, Worthy believes that this fight will teach him a lot about where he would need to improve on his journey to a world title.