VANCOUVER -- Poplar native Hunter Azure defeated Brad Katona by unanimous decision in three rounds (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Saturday night in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC Fight Night: Vancouver.
Azure, a four-time state wrestling champion at Poplar High School, improved his professional record to 8-0 overall. Katona drops to 8-2.
"I think I proved to people that I'm tougher than they think," Azure said in a post-fight interview. "People thought I didn't have very tough fights coming into this, but that's what everyone is going to say when you're climbing the ranks. But I just proved to people (Saturday) that I belong here."
Azure earned a UFC contract through Dana White's Contender Series in July.
"I'm going to keep getting better and keep coming back stronger," he said. "I have to be more well-rounded inside that cage and not just at practice. I'm not trying to rush to get to the top right now."