ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Charles Jourdain was trying to ignore his phone. “Game of Thrones” was on, after all.
But it was his manager, Stephan Patry, and he wouldn’t stop calling and texting. So, an annoyed Jourdain (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finally answered, and he found out Patry was calling during Jourdain’s favorite show for a very good reason.
“I was watching ‘Game of Thrones’ and Stephan Patry texted me and said, ‘Pick up your phone’ and I said, ‘Dude I’m watching Game of Thrones,’” The Montreal native told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “So I answered and he said, ‘Do you want to fight in the UFC against Desmond Green at 155? I know it’s not your weight class, but that’s your shot, that’s your opportunity. Do you want it?”
For that opportunity, Jourdain wasn’t about to say no. He had become a champ-champ of sorts, winning the featherweight and interim featherweight titles in the TKO promotion, and not even the prospect of facing Green (22-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the latter’s hometown was going to keep him out of the fight.
“This is going to be my 11th fight in three years,” the 23-year-old Jourdain said. “So I’m a very active person, I’m not going to do this sport all my life. I know there are a few guys who went too long. I don’t want to be this type of guy, so I want to take as much fight as I can, felt healthy, keep it simple, and there you go.”
Jourdain has fought most of his bouts at featherweight and weighed 153 pounds when he got the call, but he insists a potential size differential won’t be an issue.
“When I heard the news I was fighting Desmond, I weighed 153,” Jourdain said. “I’m a small guy, I like to keep it simply, I don’t like to be overweight. I like to stay in shape, not a lot of fat, a lot of muscle mass. This fight, of course, I’m going to be very small.”
UFC on ESPN+ 10 takes place Saturday at Blue Cross Arena. The card streams on ESPN+.
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