There’s exciting news coming from the Ultimate Fighting Championship world, with another Canadian addition to the Toronto card set for January 20th. Charles Jourdain, better known in the online circles as @JourdainAir, is scheduled to face off against Sean Woodson, or @STL_Sniper_314, in the featherweight division. This highly anticipated fight at the UFC 297 event was first announced by Eurosport Nederland and later confirmed by Woodson and the promotion company.
Jourdain, who has an impressive record of 15 wins and 6 losses, will be going head to head with Sean Woodson, an alum of Dana White’s Contender Series, with a track record of 10 wins and 1 loss. This highly anticipated match will take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, marking the first event in Canada’s most populous city since UFC 231 in 2018. Jourdain comes into this fight on a winning streak, with his latest victory being a first-round submission over Ricardo Ramos in September. Prior to that, he claimed a win in a unanimous decision against Kron Gracie at UFC 288. Known as “Air”, Jourdain boasts an 87% finish rate, with four stoppages in the Octagon against high-profile fighters like Ramos, Lando Vannata, Doo Ho Choi, and Marcelo Rojo.
Woodson, on the other hand, enters the Octagon with a four-fight unbeaten streak, although his appearances have been less frequent compared to his Canadian counterpart. His activity has been relatively low. In 2022, he had a draw with Luis Saldana, and only one appearance in 2023, where he came out victorious on the scorecards against Dennis Buzukja. Despite having fewer wins inside the distance compared to Jourdain, Woodson is a formidable opponent whose career stats speak for him. UFC 297 will be headlined by middleweight champion Sean Strickland in his first defense against Dricus Du Plessis. The event is set to showcase an array of exciting fights, with at least one Canadian in each including Mike Malott against Neil Magny at 170 pounds, Marc-Andre Barriault facing off Chris Curtis at middleweight, and Brad Katona squaring off against Garrett Armfield in the bantamweight clash.