Although team McGregor achieved a win, Katona did switch coaches to join the ‘Notorious’ and faced off against his former teammate.
Katona does have a history in the series after having won TUF 27 at featherweight, and he now has the opportunity to become the first-ever winner on two occasions.
The bout was very competitive from the off, with both fighters looking to hurt each other.
During the first round, Katona suffered at the hands of Valiev’s powerful striking as the blood began to show.
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In the next round, the reverse happened as Valiev was on the end of some precisise shots.
Katona managed to land numerous counters to keep Valiev at bay, while the latter responded with numerous combinations and leg kicks.
As the fight entered the latter stages, Katona attacked with double leg attempts while Valiev resorted to grappling.