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Poplar's Hunter Azure to make UFC debut in September

Posted: 6:30 PM, Aug 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-06 23:08:22-04
Poplar’s Hunter Azure seeking UFC opportunity on Dana White’s Contender Series

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- After he earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in July, Poplar native Hunter Azure is set to make his debut for the promotion in September.

Azure (7-0), a bantamweight, will face Brad Katona (8-1) at UFC Fight Night 158 in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sept. 14. The fight will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Katona won the reality show The Ultimate Fighter 27 to earn his spot in the UFC. He has gone 2-1 since he signed, most recently suffering his first professional loss to Merab Dvalishvili.

Azure was a four-time Montana high school state wrestling champion at Poplar and wrestled for MSU-Northern before embarking on a career in mixer martial arts. He moved to Phoenix to train full time at the MMA Lab and has racked up an unblemished record.

The 27-year-old Azure defeated Chris Ocon at the DWCS on July 9 and earned a contract from the UFC president in the process.