The UFC was extremely busy over the last week, announcing several new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of those cards is UFC 236, that takes place April 13 at 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 the other 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 off of a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has decided to make the move up to light heavyweight forever 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 expertise fighting as a light heavyweight 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 so far. The opening line ought to be near a Pick Celtics, however 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 function. VanZant (8-4) is 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 dropped by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final fight. I’d undoubtedly prefer VanZant to get the win here and predicated on her fame 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 struggle, Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Reis (23-9) is 7-5 in the UFC and conquered Ben Nguyen by decision in his last 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 of the upside is using Pantoja and that I hope him to be a small favorite at open. Anticipate the failure of this 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 , 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 from a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper at 205lbs and is no longer a real title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 in 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 entry. I’m not exactly certain why the UFC believed this rematch was necessary, but given their initial battle went and how awful Krylov’s entry defense is, I would prefer OSP to beat him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And finally, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath match. 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 conquer Jonathan Martinez by decision in his final struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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