Brad Katona


Released from UFC
February 11, 2020
Katona has been released from the UFC, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Katona was beginning to make a name for himself as he defeated Jay Cucciniello and Matthew Lopez in his first two UFC fights. However, after falling to Merab Dvaslishvili and Hunter Azure in his last two matchups, the Canadian has been dropped by the UFC.
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Can't cash in as favorite
September 14, 2019
Katona lost to Hunter Azure via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
In what was largely a low-action fight, Katona was bested in the significant striking totals in each of the three rounds. He had his moments in the second frame, where he recorded two takedowns, but Azure popped right back up on each occasion. In the end, it was clear that Azure landed the harder shots of the two men, and the judges correctly awarded him the decision. Katona started his UFC tenure with three victories, but it's back to the drawing board for the SBG Ireland product after dropping back-to-back fights.
Fighting Azure at UFC Vancouver
August 1, 2019
Katona will face off against Hunter Azure at UFC Vancouver on Sep. 14, Nolan King of reports.
Katona is coming off his first loss as a pro, being defeated by unanimous decision at the hands of Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 151 in early May. He is now 2-1 in UFC action, with victories over Matthew Lopez and Jay Cucciniello. Azure is 7-0 as a professional and will be making his UFC debut against Katona.
Loses for first time in pro career
May 4, 2019
Katona lost to Merab Dvalishvili via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
It wasn't a great effort from Katona in front of his Canadian fans. Knowing full well he was facing an opponent who relies on pressure and his wrestling game, Katona's takedown defense was non existent. His inability to stay off of his back gave him zero chance to do any legitimate damage on the feet. Katona has displayed good cardio throughout the course of his three-fight UFC run, but he has little power in his hands and his wrestling is suspect. Saturday was Katona's first professional loss.
Fight set with Merab Dvalishvili
February 20, 2019
Katona (8-0-0) will face Merab Dvalishvili (8-4-0) in a bantamweight fight May 4 at UFC Ottawa, Aaron Bronster of reports.
It marks Katona's third fight with the promotion after he previously scored a unanimous decision victory over Jay Cucciniello in Las Vegas on July 6 and another win via unanimous decision in December at UFC 231 in Toronto. The Winnipeg native will now get another chance to enter the Octagon in his home country versus Dvalishvili, who most recently fought Terrion Ware at UFC Moscow in September, winning via unanimous decision.
Remains undefeated after UFC 231
December 8, 2018
Katona defeated Matthew Lopez via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
The winner of The Ultimate Fighter 27 in July, Katona easily handled Lopez in his first official fight with the company. After starting slowly, Katona really picked up the pace in Round 2 and he would have had Lopez submitted at the end of Round 3 had there been another couple seconds on the clock. Katona moves well, he's athletic, and he's young enough (27 years old later this month) that it is realistic to expect significant improvement moving forward. He's a name to keep an eye on in the future.