Montreal, Quebec, April 11th 2017 – Even though his initial contract with the TKO organization wasn’t yet expired, young phenom Charles Jourdain (4-0-0) and his team sat down with Stephane Patry over the week-end to discuss a new agreement that will keep the super popular athlete with TKO for the long-term. TKO president Stephane Patry was thrilled with the resigning of his young top-prospect “Charles has been amazing to work with and the fans literally fell in love with the kid. He’s super talented, energetic and charismatic – he represents exactly what TKO is and we are very happy to have him with us for a very long time. He absolutely deserves this big raise and this new contract. We are exceeding all our forecasts and Jourdain is one of the reason why we are doing so good, I’m very happy that one of our ‘babies’ from TKO36 is now headlining a big TKO card less than 8 months later. This is a huge achievement. We have a tradition of building champions and we showing it once again with our new crop of superstars.” Jourdain was also very excited to ink this new deal with the promotion: “Stephane and TKO have revived MMA in Canada and this is the place to be. I’m very happy that I will now be able to concentrate 100% on my career without having the financial headaches – I’ll just get even better, faster.“
Jourdain remains perfect since the beginning of his pro career with four wins and has competed on every single TKO card since the resurrection of the company. He defeated Marc-Antoine Lidji by K.O. at TKO36, was dominating in a submission victory at TKO37 against Michael Cyr and was flashy and spectacular in another important win last Friday against France’s Mathieu Morciano.
Jourdain’s next assignment will be the toughest fight of his young career as he will go head to head with Bellator veteran Will Romero in the main event of the TKO39 card. Jourdain promised to end the career of Romero while the veteran was intense and confident in a face-to-face with Jourdain last Friday “I like this kid, he’s impressive but he’s been spoon-fed. I will break his face and make him swallow his teeth – he said he would end my career, he’s never fought anyone like me: I’ll break his face, just watch!“
TKO39 will be live from St-Roch de l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada, 20 minutes north of Montreal at Complexe JC Perreault on June 16th 2017 and will feature tournaments in the woman 115 pound division, and in the men’s welterweight and heavyweight divisions. Both the prelims and the main card will be televised live on UFC FIGHT PASS worldwide and from coast to coast in Canada on the FIGHT NETWORK. Replays will then be available in French on RDS2. Tickets go on sale on April 10th 2017.
Updated fight card:
TKO39 (Friday, June 16th 2017)
Main event (145lb): Will Romero (10-5-0, 4 KO, 3 SUB) vs. Charles Jourdain (4-0-0, 3 KO, 1 SUB)
Main card (115lb tournament finals): Winner of Eeckhout/Nicholls vs. Winner of Garbatt/Laframboise
Main card (185lb): Fritz Paul (10-4-0, 6 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Strahinja Gavrilovic (5-4-0, 3 KO, 1 SUB)
Main card (185lb): Peter Nolan (5-0-0, 5 SUB) vs. Jonathan Vallee (6-1-0, 1 KO, 1 SUB)
Main card (185lb): Khetag Pliev (3-0-0, 1 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Francis Charbonneau (4-1-0, 3 SUB)
Prelims (155lb): Trelani Kidd (1-0-0, 1 KO) vs. Remy Bussieres (3-2-0, 2 KO)
Prelims (115lb tournament): Lindsay Garbatt (4-2-0, 3 KO) vs. Corinne Laframboise (1-0-0, 1 SUB)
Prelims (115lb tournament): Griet Eeckhout (3-0-1, 1 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Ashley Nichols (1-1-0, 1 KO)
Prelims (170lb tournament): Peter Grajcar (4-0-0, 1 KO, 2 SUB) vs. Davis Dos Santos (3-0-0, 2 KO)