Charles Jourdain prefers to strike with his opponents but is more than happy to show off his grappling game when the time comes.
The Canadian proved that at UFC Vegas 52 after landing a knockdown on Lando Vannata before pulling off a one-armed guillotine choke to get the tap just 2:32 into the first round. Afterwards, Jourdain took the opportunity to call his shot with the hope of facing one of the most dangerous attackers at 145 pounds in his next fight.
“I’m very happy to have finished,” said Jourdain. “Lando is the toughest guy I’ve ever fought but I cut him and finished. I love the electric guillotine and as you can see it’s very deep.
“I have a name in mind, but I would like to face Edson Barboza. I want to put my life in it and I want to face the best strikers.
Prior to his call, Jourdain battled with Vannata in what was definitely one of the most anticipated matchups on the entire map.
The Featherweights were throwing heavy leather from the first exchange with Vannata blending into a takedown, then unleashing a rapid-fire flurry once the fight was back on its feet. Right after knocking Jourdain’s head down with a well-timed uppercut, the Canadian stabilized and started coming back at him with a striking attack.
A straight left hand down the middle scored Vannata on the chin and put him on the mat as Jourdain pounced on the opening rather than just allowing his opponent to get back to their feet.
The strategy paid off as Jourdain immediately grabbed the guillotine choke and he put maximum pressure on Vannata’s neck after dropping back into guard until there was no chance of getting away. escape. That’s when the tap came as Jourdan picked up his second straight win and his third win in his last four UFC appearances.