UFC 231’s Brad Katona embraces ‘fight nerd’ persona, explains why SBG Ireland is right fit

TORONTO – The thrill of being the center of attention hasn’t worn off for “The Ultimate Fighter 27” winner Brad Katona.

Standing in front of “a big bundle of mics,” Katona revels in answering questions about his upcoming fight at UFC 231. Even the inevitable one about his confusing accent, which he swears has an Irish lilt from his time at SBG Ireland and several other notes from his childhood.

Now competing as a bantamweight, Katona (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) feels just as comfortable 10 pounds lighter. Though he didn’t look forward to the weight cut for a fight against Matthew Lopez (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), he said he’ll be just as capable as during his time on TUF.

Check out the above video to hear Katona talk about his upcoming fight, why SBG Ireland Coach John Kavanagh calls him a “bully,” and other topics.

For more on UFC 231, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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