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In the Featherweight division, we have a striker’s delight between Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain and Andre ‘Mr. Highlight’ Ewell. This is more or less, a battle between two fighters struggling to find consistency in the UFC. Jourdain comes into this fight off a loss to Julian Erosa. A fight in which was back-and-forth, but Erosa eventually won in the third round via submission. Prior to the loss, Jourdain had defeated Marcelo Rojo via TKO. Meanwhile, Ewell comes into this fight on a two-fight skid. Having yet to find success in 2021, Ewell will hope the third time’s the charm. If not, Ewell puts himself in danger of being cut by the UFC.
This should be an entertaining fight, as both men profile as strikers. Moving up from Bantamweight, Andre Ewell will look to rejuvenate his career. A technical striker who fights at range, Ewell looks to pump his jab early and often. A fast starter, Ewell tends to look sharp early and fade the later the fight goes. With three of his four wins in the UFC coming via split decision, Ewell has yet to really separate himself in a fight. As for Charles Jourdain, he is technical, yet not afraid to throw caution to the wind. With an arsenal on the feet, Jourdain meshes his strikes and kicks very well. Landing 5.07 significant strikes per minute, Jourdain engulfs opponents with volume before putting them away with power shots as evidenced by his eight knockouts in eleven victories.
As for a prediction, I have Charles Jourdain winning. While Ewell will sport a six inch reach advantage, I don’t think it will matter against the more diverse striker in Jourdain. Ewell, while talented on the feet, has yet to put together a complete performance. Given he has already fought eight times inside the octagon and is moving up a weight class, I don’t see the ninth time being the charm. So with that said, I predict that Jourdain wins via late TKO.