Quebec-native Barriault notches third straight win, Jourdain's undefeated streak snapped
LAS VEGAS — Canadian middleweight Marc-Andre (Power Bar) Barriault continued his winning ways in the UFC on Saturday, earning a unanimous decision over Dalcha Lungiambula on the undercard of a UFC Fight Night card.
The judges scored it 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 for the 31-year-old from Gatineau, Que.
But Canadian featherweight Charles (Air) Jourdain was choked out in the third round by Julian (Juicy J) Erosa.
In the main event at the UFC's Apex production facility, American Derek Brunson submitted England's Darren (The Gorilla) Till via rear-naked choke at 2:13 of the third round.
Brunson, ranked fifth among middleweight contenders, improved to 23-7-0 with his fifth straight win while No. 7 Till fell to 18-4-1.
Barriault (13-4-0 with one no contest) was taken down twice but held a 118-85 edge in significant strikes, according to UFC Stats, and finished the fight strongly with a 65-43 edge in strikes over Lungiambula (11-3-0) in the final round.
"I'm feeling fantastic," said Barriault. "When my back's against the wall, that's when we put on a show."
Lungiambula, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who fights out of South Africa, dropped to 2-2-0 in the UFC.
Barriault was coming off a TKO victory in April over Morocco's Abu Azaitar. His win before that, in June 2020 over Poland's Oskar Piechota, was turned into a no-contest after the Canadian tested positive for ostarine.
Barriault blamed the positive test on tainted supplements, with the UFC backing up his claim. While finding no evidence of intentional use, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency handed him a six-month ban.
Barriault, a former TKO champion in Quebec, lost his first three UFC outings.
The judges awarded Jourdain (11-4-1) and Erosa (26-9-0) a round apiece before the American finished the fight via a D'Arce choke at 2:56 of the third round.
The 25-year-old Jourdain, a native of Beloeil, Que., dropped to 2-3-1 in the UFC. Erosa improved to 2-1-0 in the promotion.
The fight card, originally planned for London, England, was held early so it could be shown in prime time in Britain.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 4, 2021