The UFC was 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 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my ideas on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and also my ideas on another newly-announced bouts are under.
Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree, UFC 236
Added to UFC 236 is an intriguing light heavyweight bout between Eryk Anders and Khalil Rountree. Anders (11-3) is just 3-3 in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has decided to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently and not cutting all that weight should help . Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is 3-3, 1 NC from 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 has more potential than that which he is shown in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be near 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 from a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but lost by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. I’d definitely prefer VanZant for the win and based on her popularity that I wouldn’t be shocked if the lineup was hugely 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 conquered Ben Nguyen by decision in his final 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 the upside is using Pantoja and that I expect him to be a small favorite at open. Expect the loser of this fight to be released because the UFC cuts virtually every flyweight coming off of a loss.
Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Nikita Krylov, UFC 236
In a rematch no one asked , 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 from 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 at the UFC and has been filed by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 at 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I’m not exactly sure why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given how their first fight went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I’d prefer OSP to overcome him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And lastly, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath meet. 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 just 2-3 in the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his final fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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