Sean Woodson Battles Jourdain To Split-Decision Victory

Charles Jourdain and Sean Woodson, UFC 297
Charles Jourdain and Sean Woodson, UFC 297 ceremonial weigh-ins Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

This will be no Twitter war, but UFC featherweight Charles Jourdain brought his hands to fight when he took on Sean Woodson at UFC 297 on Saturday night.

Round one began with Jourdain landing kicks to the head and legs at a good clip, but Woodson chose to use his range to land away from his opponent. Jourdain worked hard to get inside and land to the body, but any time he tried to get in close Woodson was able to land the jab and angle out.

Woodson was able to turn on the strikes stopping anything from landing clean or causing any damage. Jourdain attempted a takedown after eating a knee up the middle, but nothing came of it before the round ended.

Round two Woodson was comfortable with the range and the pacing. Jourdain tried to rush in and land combos on Woodson, but couldn’t time the movement to actually get close. Jourdain tried a single leg, and Woodson hopped on one leg and landed some elbows, but wasn’t taken down.

Jourdain couldn’t get much going with the strikes and continued to shoot the single leg with no success. The rest of the round was more of the same until Jourdain landed a head kick at the end of the round.

Round three Jourdain was way more aggressive to start the round and landed on Woodson, but ended up in the clinch with his opponent on his back. Luckily for him he was able to get away and land on the break. Jourdain tried yet another take down, but Woodson was just too good on with his defense on the night.

With one minute left in the fight Jourdain clearly felt like he had to finish this fight, but instead it was Woodson who got aggressive. He shot in for a take down, got it, but got stuck in a guillotine for about a second. He was able to get out as the fight ended.

Confusion following the winner announcement as the referee raised the wrong hand, but Woodson was the victor.

Official Result: Sean Woodson def. Charles Jourdain via Split Decision (29-28×3)