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Fireworks are abound to happen in this Featherweight clash, as Shane Burgos takes on Charles Jourdain. Coming off an important victory over Billy Quarantillo, which halted a two-fight skid, Burgos made it known that he’s still a player in this division. A bonus machine during his tenure with the UFC, Burgos has been apart of four “Fight of the Night’s in the past nine fights. Meanwhile, Jourdain has found his footing inside the octagon of late. A winner of two straight and three of the past four fights, Jourdain is ready to take on the divisions top fifteen.
A “Fight of the Night” contender, these two gentlemen are going to put on a show. Burgos is a striker, who is never in a boring fight. Willing to brawl, the Tiger Schulmann product has often seen his striking defense go out the window. Being knocked down five times in the last seven fights, as well absorbing 6.69 strikes per minutes would normally spell a rough UFC tenure for many. However, not Burgos. Ranked fourteenth, the New York native also knows how to dish it out. With excellent cardio and high output, Burgos is among the top five all-time in the Featherweight division in significant strikes, significant strikes per minute, takedown defense and striking accuracy. Looking to test Burgos’ chin is Jourdain. A striker, Jourdain is technical, yet not afraid to sling it. With a solid arsenal on the feet, you can expect Jourdain to blend his strikes well with his kicking attacks. Not known for knockout power, Jourdain’s output has usually led to finishes later in the fight.
In a fight that could go either way, I’m going to side with Burgos. Defensive issues aside, Burgos’ pace, output and pressure should all be factors that ever so slightly aide him in swaying the judges. Plus, not that this is some x-factor, but Burgos is undefeated in New York. Of his seven wins in the UFC, six have come in the Big Apple. So with that said, I predict that Burgos will win via decision.