The UFC has been extremely busy over the past 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 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 only 3-3 from the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has 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 from the UFC and is coming off of a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more expertise fighting as a light heavyweight and is a proven knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and think he has more potential than what he’s revealed in the UFC so far. The opening line should be near 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 clash at this event. VanZant (8-4) is currently 5-3 in the UFC and is coming from a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 in the UFC but dropped by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. I would undoubtedly favor VanZant for the win and based on her popularity 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 at 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 of the upside here is with Pantoja and that I expect him to be a small popular at open. Expect the failure of the fight to be published because the UFC cuts virtually every flyweight coming from a loss.
Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Nikita Krylov, UFC 236
In a rematch nobody asked , Ovince Saint-Preux takes on Nikita Krylov in 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’s a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no longer a real title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and was filed by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov previously met at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I am not exactly certain why the UFC believed this rematch was necessary, but given how their initial battle went and how awful Krylov’s submission defense is, I would favor OSP to overcome him again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And finally, 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 only 2-3 from the UFC but conquer Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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