Undefeated featherweight contender, Ilia ‘El Matador’ Topuria has reportedly found himself a new opponent for UFC 270 on January 22. – with Quebec striker, Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain replacing Movsar Evloev at the Honda Center event in Anaheim, California.
Per an initial report tonight from Ariel Helwani, both featherweight contenders, Topuria and Jourdain have both verbally agreed to fight next weekend at UFC 270 on January 22. At the time of publication, contracts for the expected showdown have yet to be issued.
11-0 as a professional, German-born prospect, Topuria managed to secure his third consecutive UFC victory back in July at UFC 264, stopping tricky grappling expert, Ryan Hall with a first round ground strikes knockout win.
12-4 as a professional, Jourdain returned to the winner’s enclosure with a unanimous decision victory against Andre Ewell in a standout performance at UFC Vegas 45 in December.
A Cage Warriors alum, Topuria missed weight ahead of a vacant bantamweight title challenge against Brian Boulard, leaving him ineligible to clinch the title despite his first round anaconda choke win.
Also competing under the Brave CF banner, Topuria debuted in the UFC with an impressive unanimous decision win over Youssef Zalal in October 2020, before stopping Damon Jackson with a one-sided knockout win at UFC Vegas 16.
A seven-fight promotional veteran, Jourdain holds wins over Doo Ho Choi, Marcelo Rojo, and the aforenoted, Ewell, in between losses to Julian Erosa, Andre Fili, and Desmond Green.
UFC 270 takes place on January 22. from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California – with a heavyweight title unification bout between Francis Ngannou, and interim champion, Ciryl Gane slated to take main event honors. In the event’s co-headliner, flyweight champion, Brandon Moreno defends his title against former titleholder, Deiveson Figueiredo in a trilogy clash.
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