The UFC has been extremely busy over the past week, announcing several new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of these cards is UFC 236, that takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my ideas on the main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and 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 from the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has chosen to make the move up to light heavyweight forever and not cutting all that burden 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 battling as a light hearted and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he’s more potential than that which he’s shown in the UFC so far. The opening line ought to be close to a Pick Celtics, however my ancient lean is towards Anders.
Paige VanZant vs. Poliana Botelho, UFC 236
Women’s flyweights Paige VanZant and Poliana Botelho will battle at this function. 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 in the UFC but lost by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. I would undoubtedly favor VanZant for the win here and based on her fame that I wouldn’t be surprised if the line was massively 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 at 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 of the upside here is with Pantoja and I hope him to be a small popular at open. Expect the failure of this struggle to be published as 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 for, Ovince Saint-Preux takes on Nikita Krylov in 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 more a true title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and has been submitted by Jan Blachowicz in his last bout. OSP and Krylov previously met at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I’m not exactly sure why the UFC felt this rematch was necessary, but given how their first battle went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I would prefer OSP to overcome him again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And lastly, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath meet. Jackson (7-1) lost a decision 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 from the UFC but conquer Jonathan Martinez by decision in his last struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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