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. Have a look at my thoughts 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’s chosen to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently rather than 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 more experience battling as a light hearted and is a known knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and believe he has more potential than that which he is shown in the UFC so far. 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 battle 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 submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her last struggle. I’d definitely favor VanZant for the win and based on her popularity I wouldn’t be surprised if the line was hugely 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 choice in his final bout. Pantoja (20-3) is currently 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 with Pantoja and that I expect him to be a small favorite at open. Expect the failure of this struggle to be released because the UFC cuts almost 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 in the UFC and is coming from 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 at the UFC and was 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 certain why the UFC felt this rematch was necessary, but given their first battle went and how bad Krylov’s submission defense is, I would favor OSP to beat him again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And finally, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath match. Jackson (7-1) lost a decision 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 decision in his final struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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