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, that takes place April 13 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my thoughts on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and my thoughts on another newly-announced bouts are under.
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 has decided to make the move up to light heavyweight forever and not cutting all that burden should help him. Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is currently 3-3, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming off of a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more experience fighting as a light hearted and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and think he’s more potential than what he is shown in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be close to a Select ‘em, but my early lean is towards Anders.
Paige VanZant vs. Poliana Botelho, UFC 236
Women’s flyweights Paige VanZant and Poliana Botelho will clash at this event. VanZant (8-4) is currently 5-3 at the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but lost by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her last fight. I would undoubtedly favor VanZant for the win and predicated on her popularity that I would not be surprised if the line was massively skewed in her favor.
Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja, UFC 236
In a rare flyweight struggle, Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Reis (23-9) is 7-5 at the UFC and defeated Ben Nguyen by choice in his final bout. Pantoja (20-3) is 4-1 at the UFC and is coming off of two straight wins over Brandon Moreno and Ulka Sasaki. Reis is a solid veteran but all the upside here is using Pantoja and that I expect him to be a small popular at open. Anticipate the failure of the fight to be published 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no longer a real title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and was submitted by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov previously met at UFC 171 at 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I am not exactly sure why the UFC believed this rematch was necessary, but given how their initial fight went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I would prefer OSP to beat him again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And finally, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath meet. Jackson (7-1) chose to Ricky Simon in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a submission win over Brian Kelleher. Soukhamthath (13-6) is only 2-3 in the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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