But wait, there was a plot twist on weigh-in day, when his UFC 257 opponent, Ottman Azaitar, was pulled from the bout for a violation of the health and safety protocols on Fight Island. It was déjà vu all over again for Frevola, until the dance card of Arman Tsarukyan became open when his opponent, Nasrat Haqparast, was removed from the event due to illness.

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Now Frevola faces Tsarukyan on Saturday, and fight fans are just excited to see this matchup as they were for Frevola-Azaitar. Not excited as the 30-year-old is to compete on the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier card, though.

“As much as I try to hide it, I’m a fan just as much as a fighter,” he said. “Even when I’m at fights on fight week, seeing all these fighters walking around, every once in a while I’ve got to ask for a picture. I love it. I’m a fan of the sport as well as a fighter and being able to fight on a Conor McGregor pay-per-view card, it doesn’t get bigger than that. I’m blessed to be able to have this opportunity, especially after having those fights canceled on me. I had my ups and downs after it, but I kept faith, I kept training and I knew my opportunity would come.”