Katona vs. Azure, Pereira vs. Khandozhko Unveiled for UFC Vancouver

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Brad Katona UFC Ottawa Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Hunter Azure is wasting no time making his UFC debut, meeting Brad Katona at UFC Vancouver after winning on the Contender Series earlier this year.

The UFC’s third and final Canadian show of 2019 just had a few more names added. On Thursday, the Canadian Press reported that TUF alum Brad Katona would face Contender Series winner Hunter Azure at the event. In addition, they confirmed previously reported bouts featuring Michel Pereira taking on Sergey Khandozhko, and Marvin Vettori stepping in for David Branch against Andrew Sanchez.

The card, also known as UFC Fight Night 158, takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. on September 14.

Katona (8-1) suffered his first career defeat earlier this year at UFC Ottawa. Falling to Merab Dvalishvili, he’ll look to bounce back against Azure (7-0), an undefeated American who made quite the impression earlier this year on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Michel Pereira (22-9, 2NC), infamous for his moonsault and other flashy attacks in ROAD FC, will head to the octagon for the second time at UFC Vancouver. The Brazilian welterweight will be facing Russia’s Khandozhko (27-5-1), also in his sophomore fight for the promotion.

Vettori (13-4-1), meanwhile, fills in for injured former WSOF champ Branch against Sanchez, who defeated Marc-Andre Barriault back in May.

Also set for the UFC Vancouver card are the following bouts:

Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje – Main Event
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall
Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai
Misha Cirkunov vs. Jim Crute
Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori
Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes
Kyle Prepolec vs. Austin Hubbard
Cole Smith vs. Miles Johns
Louis Smolka vs. Ryan MacDonald
Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov

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