JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Poplar native Hunter Azure (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered his first professional mixed martial arts loss Wednesday night, falling to Brian Kelleher (21-10, 5-3 UFC) by second-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 171 in Jacksonville, Florida.
The event, which is the second UFC fight card held in Jacksonville this week, was held in an empty Vystar Veteran’s Memorial Arena due to COVID-19 concerns.
Azure, a four-time Montana high school state wrestling champion and former Montana State-Northern wrestler, was the aggressor in the first round, landing more shots with more power over his more experienced opponent. But in the second round, Kelleher dropped Azure with a left hook at 3:40 mark.
Kelleher pounced on Azure and landed two more shots before referee Jason Herzog stepped in to call off the fight.
At the point the fight was called off, Azure had landed 67 of 139 strikes compared to just 32 of 102 strikes for Kelleher.
After the fight, Kelleher called out Helena’s Sean O’Malley (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), another undefeated bantamweight from Montana.