INITIAL UFC 236 CARD ANNOUNCED
The UFC was extremely busy over the past week, announcing a number of new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of these cards is UFC 236, which 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 thoughts 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 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more experience battling as a light hearted and is a known knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and think he has more potential than that which he’s revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be close to a Select Celtics, however 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 in the UFC but dropped by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her last struggle. I would definitely favor VanZant to get the win and predicated on her fame that I would not be surprised if the lineup was massively skewed in her favor.
Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja, UFC 236
At a rare flyweight fight, Wilson Reis takes on Alexandre Pantoja. Reis (23-9) is 7-5 at the UFC and defeated Ben Nguyen by decision in his final bout. Pantoja (20-3) is currently 4-1 in 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 with Pantoja and that I hope him to be a small favorite at open. Expect the loser of the fight to be released as the UFC cuts almost every flyweight coming off of a loss.
Ovince Saint-Preux vs. Nikita Krylov, UFC 236
In a rematch nobody asked for, 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’s a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no longer 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 at 2014, with OSP winning by submission. I’m not exactly sure why the UFC felt this rematch was necessary, but given how their initial fight went and how awful Krylov’s submission defense is, I would prefer OSP to overcome him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And lastly, bantamweights Montel Jackson and Andre Soukhamthath match. 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 beat 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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