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Canadian Katona returns to action on June UFC card in Kentucky

Brad Katona Brad Katona - The Canadian Press

Canadian bantamweight Brad (Superman) Katona, looking to bounce back from a loss at UFC 297 in January, takes on American Jesse Butler on a UFC fight card June 8 in Louisville, Ky.

The 32-year-old from Winnipeg, who is now based out of Dublin, lost a unanimous (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) decision to American Garret Armfield in a close fight in Toronto last time out in the featured preliminary bout on the UFC 297 undercard.

Katona (15-3-0) had a strong third round, taking Armfield (11-3-0) down several times. But it was not enough.

Katona is in his second go-round with the UFC after winning "The Ultimate Fighter" for a second time.

The Canadian won Season 27 of the reality TV show in July 2018 as a featherweight and Season 31 last August as a bantamweight. Katona won four straight in the Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation between UFC stints.

Butler (12-5-0) is coming off a knockout loss to veteran Jim Miller in his UFC debut. The 31-year-old from Louisiana lasted just 23 seconds in a bout he took on two days notice.

Butler had won five straight in smaller promotions before entering the UFC.

The Kentucky fight card is at the KFC Yum! Center.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2024