Charles Jourdain


Draws Murphy in August
May 24, 2021
Jourdain will take on Lerone Murphy in a featherweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for August 14, French MMA journalist Ken Wong reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA).
Jourdain's UFC stint has been a mixed bag so far, as he's an even 1-1-1 over his last three bouts with the company. He'll be giving up four inches in reach to Murphy, though Jourdain does land nearly two more significant strikes per minute of cage time when compared to his adversary. A weakness for Jourdain so far has been a 47 percent takedown defense, and while Murphy does have a takedown in each of his last two fights, wrestling hasn't necessarily been an integral part of his game to date in the UFC.
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Salvages victory with late KO
March 13, 2021
Jourdain defeated Marcelo Rojo via TKO (punches) at 4:31 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Jourdain appeared to be on his way to another defeat despite entering as a significant betting favorite (-225) before turning the tide and stopped the debuting Rojo late. Rojo pushed the pace early, but Jourdain held steady and landed plenty of damaging counter shots. The finish came when Jourdain cracked Rojo with a left hand that forced referee Mark Smith to step in and call off the bout. Jourdain is tough as nails and has plenty of physical ability. The issue for the 25-year-old Canadian has been his complete inability to string together several strong efforts in a row. Perhaps this comeback will be the start of a new streak for Jourdain.
Gets new opponent
February 24, 2021
Jourdain is now scheduled to face Marcelo Rojo at the UFC's event on March 13, C. Contreras Legaspi of reports.
Jourdain was initially scheduled to fight Steve Garcia, but he's now withdrawn from the March event for undisclosed reasons. Instead, Jourdain will get an opponent making his UFC debut in Rojo.
Paired with Steve Garcia
January 16, 2021
Jourdain will take on Steve Garcia on March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Jourdain hasn't exactly set the world on fire since joining the UFC in 2019, winning one of his four fights. His latest outing was a split draw with Joshua Culibao in October, a disappointing result given that he entered as a heavy favorite. That unimpressive resume is stronger than Garcia's, however, as he's gone 0-1 during his brief time with the promotion.
Disappoints as heavy favorite
October 3, 2020
Jourdain fought Josh Culibao to a split draw (30-27, 28-29, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabu.
Jourdain came out aggressive with a big flying knee, par for the course for a fighter of his style. He was surprisingly taken down early by Culibao but got right back to his feet. Later in the round Culibao caught one of his kicks, which he used to set up a massive right hand that sent Jourdain to the canvas. He arose with a bloody and crooked nose, and ate another big knee while Culibao was searching for the guillotine. Jourdain threatened with a choke of his own in the final moments of the round, but Culibao slipped out. Despite entering as the biggest betting favorite on the card (-475), things were looking pretty even entering Round 2. Jourdain went back to his most successful weapon -- low kicks -- but it was Culibao often pressing the action. Jourdain eventually took back the center of the Octagon and perhaps the lead in the striking exchanges, and he again ended the round with a real submission threat. Ending Round 2 on top could have very well earned him the frame and potentially even things at 1-1 heading into Round 3. Jourdain landed the big shots early in the final frame and his confidence was clearly rising, but Culibao still fired back with heat. Jourdain used a Culibao takedown attempt to again attack his neck, using that to earn a dominant position on the mat. He had Culibao in a tight triangle and was working an armbar, landing several elbows to take the lead in the striking department in this round. It wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit in the eyes of two judges, however, and the fight was ultimately ruled a split draw. It's a massively disappointing effort from anyone who rostered Jourdain in fantasy lineups, as expectations were high given how the oddsmakers thought this one would play out.
Facing Culibao in October
August 31, 2020
Jourdain will take on Josh Culibao in a featherweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for October 3 on Fight Island, reports.
Jourdain is coming off a split decision loss to Andre Fili in June, and is since back from a brief medical suspension and looking to even his UFC record out at 2-2. He enters as a massive betting favorite of (-450) over Culibao, who lost his UFC debut on short notice to Jalin Turner via second-round stoppage in February. Jourdain will be giving up height and reach advantages as he looks to pick up his 11th pro victory.