Charles Jourdain calls out Edson Barboza after beating Kron Gracie at UFC 288: “I want a kickboxing fight”

After two consecutive losses, Charles Jourdain finally prevailed over Kron Gracie. After his long-awaited victory, during the octagon interview, Jourdain took the opportunity to immediately challenge Edson Barboza to a fight.

Jourdain and Gracie engaged in an exciting featherweight fight tonight at UFC 288’s main event at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The fight went all three rounds with neither fighter managing to KO/TKO/Submit their opponent. When the dust settled, all three judges scored Charles the 30-27 verdict, giving him the victory by unanimous decision. 

Who did Charles Jourdain call out for his next fight? 

Jourdain may not have won convincingly against his Brazilian-American opponent tonight. However, it was a much-needed victory for ‘Air’ to get back on track. Charles probably had only one main goal in mind: to prevent a takedown from Gracie. 

The Canadian fighter, on the other hand, managed to put on a fantastic show of some amazing striking from time to time, which eventually helped him obtain better scores on the referee’s cards. He also discussed his fight strategy in the post-fight octagon interview. 

“A strategy was applied. I’m a very immature fighter, it showed in my record. Sorry guys it was not the most exciting fight. I was in the guard of a Gracie, it was very dangerous.” said Jourdain. 

Charles now has a 14-6-1 MMA record after this unanimous decision win. The 28-year-old fighter lost consecutive fights against Shane Burgos and Nathaniel Wood last year. Jourdain is seeking another Brazilian-American fighter for his upcoming battle in order to continue his octagon venture. 

“Why not Edson Barboza [next]? I want a kickboxing fight. That would be fun for me.” Jourdain added.

Barboza (17-5-0), the featherweight division’s 14th-ranked fighter, defeated Billy Quarantillo in dominant fashion just a month ago. Only time will tell whether Edson will agree to confront Jourdain in a ‘kickboxing’ match. 

What do you think is next for Charles Jourdain? Please provide your opinions in the comments section below.

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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