UFC Fight Night 209: Quick picks and prognostications

The top fights in the UFC are broken down by MMA Junkie expert Dan Tom. Here, we examine UFC Fight Night 209's main card.

On Saturday, UFC Fight Night 209 will take place in Paris' Accor Arena. Preliminaries start at noon ET, and the main card starts at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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Without further ado... I'm not sure if hell has actually frozen over, but it's fantastic to see

the current UFC matchmakers return to Joe Silva's tried-and-true strategy of having a lightweight or featherweight bout open the main show.

Charles Jourdain is seeking to recover from a close loss to Shane Burgos, while Nathaniel Wood has stepped up from the bantamweight class.

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I love Wood's front kicks and his boxing on the feet, but I have a feeling that Jourdain's attacks from his southpaw stance will give the English fighter trouble given his past with left-handed blows.