The UFC has been 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. Check out my thoughts on the main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and my ideas on another newly-announced bouts are below.
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 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He’s chosen to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently 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 heavyweight and is a known 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 near 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 function. VanZant (8-4) is currently 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 lost by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. I would definitely prefer VanZant for the win here and based on her fame I would not be shocked 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 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 here is with Pantoja and I expect him to be a tiny favorite at open. Expect the failure of the struggle to be released because 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 at the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He’s a gatekeeper at 205lbs and is no longer a true title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and has been filed by Jan Blachowicz in his final bout. OSP and Krylov previously met at UFC 171 at 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I’m not exactly sure why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given how their first battle went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I’d favor OSP to overcome him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And finally, 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 beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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