The UFC was extremely busy over the last 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. Have a look at my thoughts on the main 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 in the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He’s chosen to make the move up to light heavyweight forever rather than cutting all that weight should help him. Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is 3-3, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more expertise fighting as a light hearted and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he has more potential than what he is revealed in the UFC so far. The opening line should be close to a Pick ‘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 event. VanZant (8-4) is 5-3 in the UFC and is coming off of a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 at the UFC but dropped by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her last fight. I would definitely favor VanZant to get the win here and predicated on her popularity that I would not be shocked if the lineup was hugely skewed in her favor.
Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja, UFC 236
In a rare flyweight fight, Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Reis (23-9) is 7-5 in 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 is with Pantoja and I hope him to be a small popular at open. Expect the loser of the struggle to be published as the UFC cuts almost every flyweight coming off of a loss.
Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Nikita Krylov, UFC 236
In a rematch nobody 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 longer a true title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and was submitted by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by submission. I am not exactly certain why the UFC felt this rematch was essential, but given their initial fight went and how awful Krylov’s submission defense is, I would favor OSP to overcome 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 just 2-3 from the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his final fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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