INITIAL UFC 236 CARD ANNOUNCED
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The UFC was 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 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Have a look at my thoughts on the main event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and also my thoughts on the other newly-announced bouts are under.
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 decided to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently rather than cutting all that burden should help . Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is 3-3, 1 NC in the UFC and is coming from a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more expertise battling as a light heavyweight and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he’s more potential than that which he’s revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line ought to be close to a Select ’em, but 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 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 at the UFC but dropped by submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her final fight. I would definitely prefer VanZant for the win and based on her fame that I wouldn’t be shocked if the line 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 in the UFC and conquered Ben Nguyen by decision in his final bout. Pantoja (20-3) is 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 expect him to be a small favorite at open. Expect the failure of the struggle to be published as the UFC cuts almost 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’s a gatekeeper at 205lbs and is no longer a real 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 formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 at 2014, with OSP winning by submission. I’m not exactly sure why the UFC felt this rematch was essential, but given their first fight went and how bad Krylov’s entry defense is, I’d prefer OSP to beat him once 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 nicely with a submission win over Brian Kelleher. Soukhamthath (13-6) is just 2-3 from the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by decision in his final fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and that I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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