The UFC has been extremely busy over the last week, announcing a number of new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of those cards is UFC 236, that takes place April 13 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Have a look at my ideas on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and my thoughts 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 decided to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently and not cutting all that weight 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 heavyweight and is a known knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and believe he’s more potential than that which he is revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be near a Pick ’em, but 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 off of a submission win over Rachael Ostovich. Botelho (7-2) is 2-1 at the UFC but lost by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her final fight. I’d definitely prefer VanZant for the win here and predicated on her fame I would not be surprised if the line was hugely 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 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 the upside is using Pantoja and that I expect him to be a tiny popular at open. Expect the failure of this struggle to be released because the UFC cuts virtually every flyweight coming from 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 off of 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 in the UFC and was submitted by Jan Blachowicz in his last bout. OSP and Krylov formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I am not exactly certain why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given how their first fight went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I would favor OSP to beat him 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 nicely with a submission win over Brian Kelleher. Soukhamthath (13-6) is just 2-3 from the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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