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INITIAL UFC 236 CARD ANNOUNCED

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The UFC has been extremely busy over the past week, announcing a number of new bouts for upcoming fight cards. One of those cards is UFC 236, which 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 ideas 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 from a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has 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 more experience battling as a light heavyweight and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he has more potential than what he is revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line ought to be near a Pick ’em, but my early lean is towards Anders.
Paige VanZant vs. Poliana Botelho, UFC 236
Women’s flyweights Paige VanZant and Poliana Botelho will clash at this function. VanZant (8-4) is currently 5-3 at 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 fight. I’d definitely prefer VanZant for the win and based on her fame I would not be shocked if the lineup was hugely skewed in her favor.
Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja, UFC 236
At a rare flyweight struggle, 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 currently 4-1 in the UFC and is coming off of two straight wins over Brandon Moreno and Ulka Sasaki. Reis is a good veteran but all of the upside here is with Pantoja and that I hope him to be a small popular 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 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 off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He’s a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no more a real title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 in the UFC and has been 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 necessary, but given their first battle went and how awful 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 match. 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 I expect Jackson to be preferred here.
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