UFC Fight Night win to Canada’s Brad Katona Skills earn  deserve

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Canadian bantamweight Brad (Superman) Katona used his ground game to overpower his opponent, earning a unanimous decision win over American Jesse Butler on the undercard of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card.

The judges scored the bout 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 for Katona (16-3-0), who improved to 4-3-0 in the UFC.
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The five-foot-six-inch Katona was four inches taller and 8 1/2 inches shorter than Butler, who fought as a lightweight in his only other UFC bout. Katona, who was a heavy favorite, caught Butler’s kick early in the first round and then dropped him with a right kick to the head while holding his leg. Much of the round was spent on the ground, but Katona, despite being in control, was unable to do much damage. Butler hit Katona with a right kick to the head early in the second round, but was sent back to the ground when Katona blocked his knee. An elbow hit Butler in the middle of the forehead while Katona, again in control, broke through his defense with strikes. Needing a stoppage to win, Butler came out swinging in the third round and managed to keep the round mostly on the feet. But Katona finished the job with several swinging rights. Butler tried to kick, ignoring his corner’s instructions, and slipped with 90 seconds left, allowing Katona to get on top of him again.

The 32-year-old from Winnipeg, who now lives in Dublin, lost a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to American Garrett Armfield in a close contest in Toronto last time out in a special preliminary bout on the UFC 297 undercard.

The Canadian won Season 27 of the reality TV show as a featherweight in July 2018 and Season 31 as a bantamweight last August. Katona reeled off four consecutive wins in the Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation during his stint in the UFC. Butler had five consecutive wins in smaller promotions before entering the UFC.