Simply put, the surging Canadian is a finisher, and he’s happy to tell you as much. In addition to having earned each of his first 10 professional victories inside the distance, Malott makes no bones about his goals once he steps into the cage — he wants to win “by strikes or by strangle,” and isn’t someone that is going to be looking to amass points or impress the judges.
This weekend, the 10-1-1 talent faces off with Neil Magny in another classic welterweight litmus test.
Magny has the most wins in the division’s history and has filled this role many times over, turning back the likes of Geoff Neal, Daniel Rodriguez, and Phil Rowe, while landing on the wrong side of things against upwardly mobile talents Shavkat Rakhmonov and Ian Machado Garry in the past.
Fighting close to home and against a Top 15 opponent for the first time, this is a high-pressure spot for the Canadian, but everything Malott has shown thus far suggests that not only is he up for the task, but he welcomes it and the responsibility that comes with being the final fighter repping the Maple Leaf making the walk on Saturday night.
One of the longest tenured Canadians on the UFC roster, Jourdain has hovered on the fringes of the Top 15 in the featherweight division for a couple years, but appears poised to potentially break into the rankings in 2024.
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While the French-Canadian quickly established a reputation for himself as an all-action fighter upon arriving in the UFC, last year saw the 28-year-old add a little more patience and tactical awareness to his game, resulting in a pair of crucial victories. First, in May, Jourdain dominated Kron Gracie, thoroughly out-working the renowned grappler at UFC 288 to snap a two-fight slide, and then in September, he snatched the neck of Ricardo Ramos, squeezing out a first-round submission that earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.