ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Canadian lightweight Charles (Air) Jourdain lost a unanimous decision to local favourite Desmond (The Predator) Green on a UFC Fight Night card Saturday night.
The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Green (23-8-0).
"Hats off to Charles," said Green. "(A) double champ in (Montreal’s) TKO (promotion), he’s a hell of a fighter."
Former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos met Kevin Lee in the welterweight main event at Blue Cross Arena.
Jourdain (9-2-0), was greeted by a chorus of boos from the hometown crowd as he made his UFC debut. The native of Beloeil, Que., who normally fights a weight class below at featherweight, had won his last four fights but came in as a heavy underdog.
Green had the better of the striking in the first round and took Jourdain down with 90 seconds remaining. Jourdain landed some leg kicks in the second, seemingly growing in confidence as the round wore on.
Jourdain continued with the kicks in the third and started pressuring Green. But he was taken down three times as the clock wound down.
Jourdain fought his way back and chased Green in the final seconds.