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Winnipeg, Canada’s Brad Katona in Isa Town, Bahrain to fight for BRAVE CF bantamweight belt

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Brad “Superman” Katona, 30, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is currently in Bahrain. He is set to fight Hamza “The Pride of Bahrain” Kooheji, 29, of Manama, Bahrain at “BRAVE CF 57“, the first BRAVE Combat Federation event in 2022.

“Bahrain’s nothing but hospitable to me so I’m thankful,” Katona said during the “BRAVE CF 57” kick-off press conference at the Oasis Mall Juffair in Manama on March 9, 2022. “I am actually excited to be here again for another fight against a hometown hero. It feels good.”

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Katona was asked if he felt perturbed with the task at hand. He said, “Did you say I was trembling in fear? I don’t think I’m trembling in fear.”

“I feel pretty comfortable,” Katona continued. “I honestly feel great. I made a career out of this. It has hardened me as a fighter. I haven’t had the hometown advantage my entire career so I am used to this.”

Featuring 12 professional mixed martial arts bouts and one amateur MMA fight, the “BRAVE CF 57” fight night will be held at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on March 11, 2022. In the main event of the evening, Katona and Kooheji will compete for the vacant BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Championship.

Brad Katona (©BRAVE CF)
Brad Katona (©BRAVE CF)

Born in Winnipeg, Katona started training in karate in 1996 and earned his black belt in 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

When Katona made his professional MMA debut on September 3, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he knocked out Michael Hay of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. The Winnipeg native was undefeated from 2014 to 2018.

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In 2017, Katona moved to Dublin, Ireland. Since then, he has been training with Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin under coach John Kavanaugh.

On December 8, 2018, Katona made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he defeated Matthew Lopez of Safford Arizona, USA via unanimous decision. In 2019, the Canadian MMA fighter lost to two UFC opponents namely Merab Dvalishvili of Tbilisi, Georgia and Hunter Azure of Poplar, Montana, USA.

Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, Katona went on hiatus. In 2021, he joined BRAVE CF and defeated two opponents namely Borislav Nikolić of Belgrade, Serbia and Bair Shtepin of Kalmykia, Russia.

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BRAVE CF 57

A total of 16 countries are represented at “BRAVE CF 47.” These are Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.

Fakhreddine and Ayoub are the only fighters representing Lebanon. Maalem solely represents Algeria and is one of the two fighters representing Switzerland.

“BRAVE CF 57” is part of the BRAVE International Fight Week 2022, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The MMA Super Cup 2022 is also part of the combat sports event organized by BRAVE CF in cooperation with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the Khalid Bin Hamad Sports Organization (KHK SPORTS).

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