The UFC has been extremely busy over the past week, announcing a number of new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of these cards is UFC 236, which takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Have a look at my ideas on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and also my ideas on another newly-announced bouts are below.
Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree, UFC 236
Added to UFC 236 is a fascinating light heavyweight bout between Eryk Anders and Khalil Rountree. Anders (11-3) is just 3-3 from the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He’s decided to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently rather than cutting all that weight should help . Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is currently 3-3, 1 NC from the UFC and is coming from a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has more experience battling as a light heavyweight and is a proven knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and believe he’s more potential than what he’s revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be close to a Select ‘em, but my ancient lean is towards Anders.
Paige VanZant vs. Poliana Botelho, UFC 236
Women’s flyweights Paige VanZant and Poliana Botelho will clash at this function. VanZant (8-4) is currently 5-3 at the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her last fight. I would undoubtedly prefer VanZant for the win here and predicated on her popularity that I would not be surprised if the lineup was massively skewed in her favor.
Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja, UFC 236
At a rare flyweight struggle, Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Reis (23-9) is 7-5 in the UFC and defeated Ben Nguyen by decision in his last bout. Pantoja (20-3) is currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of two straight wins over Brandon Moreno and Ulka Sasaki. Reis is a solid veteran but all of the upside here is with Pantoja and that I hope him to be a tiny popular at open. Anticipate the failure of the struggle to be released as the UFC cuts almost every flyweight coming from a loss.
Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Nikita Krylov, UFC 236
In a rematch no one asked for, Ovince Saint-Preux takes on Nikita Krylov at a light heavyweight bout. St-Preux (23-12) is 11-7 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no more a real title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and has been submitted by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 at 2014, with OSP winning by submission. I am not exactly sure why the UFC felt this rematch was necessary, but given how their first battle went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I’d favor OSP to beat him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And lastly, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath match. Jackson (7-1) chose to Ricky Simon in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a submission win over Brian Kelleher. Soukhamthath (13-6) is only 2-3 from the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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