UFC Vegas 36 Prelims: Julian Erosa vs Charles Jourdain- Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/03/2021, 12:12 PM EDT


UFC Vegas 36 will take place this weekend with an all-important middleweight clash between Darren Till vs Derek Brunson serving as the headliner. Apart from the headlining clash, there are some other clashes that will entertain the fans. One of those clashes is between featherweights Julian Erosa and Charles Jourdain in the prelims.

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‘Juicy J’ Erosa saw his consecutive fights winning streak getting snapped by Seung Woo Choi at UFC on ESPN 25: Korean Zombie vs Ige. The latter defeated Erosa via an astounding KO in round 1 to end his streak. He had picked up a phenomenal KO win over Nate Landwehr at UFC Fight Night 185: Blaydes vs Lewis.

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In his 34 professional matches so far, he has picked up 25 wins, while 9 have gone the other way. Out of those 25, 11 each have come via KO/TKO, submissions, and 3 via decisions.

Meanwhile, ‘Air’ Jourdain is coming to this match on the back of a win over Marcelo Rojo at UFC Fight Night 187: Edwards vs Muhammad. Prior to that, he drew a match against Joshua Culibao at UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs Aldana.

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In his career so far, he has picked up 11 wins and incurred 3 losses. Out of those 11 wins, 8 have come via KO/TKO, 3 via submissions. He will look to continue his winning momentum.

Julian Erosa vs Charles Jourdain- Analysis

If we compare their physical stats, Erosa stands at 6’1″ in height with a reach of 74″. Meanwhile, ‘Air’ has a height of 5’9″ and has a reach of 69″.

Erosa lands 5.1 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 47%. He absorbs 5.78 significant strikes with a defense rate of 50%. He averages 1.29 takedowns per 15 minutes and has an accuracy of 54%. Erosa has a takedown defense of 58%.

Meanwhile, ‘Air’ Jourdain lands 4.79 significant strikes with an accuracy of 45%. He absorbs 4.11 significant strikes with a defense rate of 61%. He has a takedown defense of 47%.

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Erosa needs to understand his limits and tone down his ultra instinctive aggression a bit. If he can look back at his flurry of knockout losses, he would understand what he needs to do. He always feels slogging on his opponents will fetch him victory. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t, and this battle against Jourdain is far from a straightforward slugging fest for ‘Juicy J’.

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Jourdain has explosive punching power combined with durability. This way, Erosa’s game style could actually favor Jourdain instead of helping him. Erosa, though, has a short in the armor if he could bring his wrestling skills, but Jourdain can last long and is a scratchy customer, meaning it would backfire big time for ‘Juicy J’. In the end, it seems to go in the favor of the ‘Air’.

Final Prediction: Jourdain via third-round knockout

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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