Hunter Azure

USA

Suffers first pro loss
FeatherweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Azure lost to Brian Kelleher via KO (punches) at 3:40 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Azure appeared to have won Round 1 before the roof came crashing down on him in the second frame. Kelleher stuck to the game plan and dragged Azure into a back-and-forth brawl, and Azure eventually paid for it to the tune of his first pro loss. Azure's stopping power is limited, and he simply won't be able to succeed in the UFC if his chin doesn't hold up. It's a very disappointing result for a guy who entered as the second-biggest favorite on the card at -220. On the bright side, Azure will take home a $50,000 bonus after this bout was selected for Fight of the Night honors.
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Added to May 13 card
FeatherweightUFC
May 1, 2020
Azure will take on Brian Kelleher in a featherweight fight on May 13 in Florida, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Azure was originally scheduled to take on Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 on April 18 before the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. He will now look to improve on his 8-0 MMA record against Kelleher, who is coming off his first victory in nearly two years.
Will fight in Brooklyn
FeatherweightUFC
February 28, 2020
Azure will face Umar Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Azure heads into this fight still undefeated in the sport at 8-0, but only one his those fights, his most recent, came under the UFC banner. However, his upcoming opponent will be making his UFC debut, so it'll be a battle of newcomers.
Picks up win in debut
FeatherweightUFC
September 14, 2019
Azure defeated Brad Katona via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
ANALYSIS
This was a tight matchup where Katona arguably held the edge in control time (and even recorded three takedowns), but it was Azure who landed the harder shots and rightfully got the nod from the judges. While the debuting fighter was taken down three times, he was able to get right back to his feet on each occasion. Azure also won the significant striking battle in each of the three frames, though his final total was just 41. While Azure earned the victory as a (+110) underdog, it wasn't the most outstanding showing from a fantasy perspective.
Making UFC debut against Katona
FeatherweightUFC
August 1, 2019
Azure will make his UFC debut against Brad Katona during UFC Vancouver on Sep. 14, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Azure is 7-0 as a pro, and his most recent victory was a unanimous decision over Chris Ocon during Dana White's Contender Series in mid-July. Three of Azure's wins have come by decision, three have come by KO/TKO and one has come by submission. Katona is coming off his first loss as a pro, dropping his UFC record to 2-1. The fight occurred in early May against Merab Dvalishvili and was a unanimous decision.
Earns one of five contracts
FeatherweightUFC
July 14, 2019
Azure defeated Chris Ocon by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was one of a record-breaking five fighters to earn a contract following the event.
ANALYSIS
Azure didn't end up with a finish, but he put on a dominant performance from front to back, and that was reflected on the scorecards. A wrestler by nature, Azure found success with his takedowns, but also showed an impressive striking arsenal in terms of both power shots and leg kicks. The (-220) betting favorite was close to getting the submission in the second round, but credit to Ocon's toughness for being able to withstand the punishment. The 27-year-old remained undefeated (7-0) following the victory, and clearly appears to be ready for UFC-level competition.