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Wpg Free Press: Katona looks to break out in the cage

July 6, 2018 — 

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports

Winnipeg native Brad Katona has an opportunity to do something tonight that no Canadian cage fighter has ever done.

At the Pearl Theatre in Paradise, Nev., Katona will step into the octagon with British fighter Jay Cucciniello in the featherweight tournament final on the finale of the UFC’s reality television series The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated. The Ultimate Fighter is in it’s 27th season, with the winner of the show receiving a UFC contract. Former UFC champions such as Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping and Matt Serra are previous winners of the popular reality series, but a Canadian has yet to have their arm raised on a series finale of the show. This season featured eight undefeated featherweights and lightweights competing for UFC contracts…

Katona said it has taken years of hard work to get to where he is today. He began training in Winnipeg at the age of 14 while going to school at Dakota Collegiate. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in mechanical engineering, while training at the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) and United Boxing Club. The founder of WAMMA and Katona’s longtime coach, Curtis Brigham, said it’s no surprise Katona has reached the finale, and a win tonight would do wonders for his career.

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