INITIAL UFC 236 CARD ANNOUNCED

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 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my thoughts on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and 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 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 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 from a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has much more experience battling as a light hearted and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he’s more potential than what he is revealed in the UFC so far. The opening line should be close to 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 clash at this function. VanZant (8-4) is 5-3 at the UFC and is coming off of 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 struggle. I would definitely prefer VanZant for the win here and based on her popularity I would not be surprised if the lineup 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 in the UFC and defeated Ben Nguyen by decision in his last bout. Pantoja (20-3) is currently 4-1 at 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 using Pantoja and that I expect him to be a tiny popular at open. Anticipate the failure of the struggle to be released because 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 off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no more a real 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 formerly fulfilled at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by entry. I am not exactly sure why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given their first battle went and how bad Krylov’s submission defense is, I would prefer OSP to beat 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 conquer Jonathan Martinez by choice in his last struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be preferred here. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the links.

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INITIAL UFC 236 CARD ANNOUNCED

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, 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 ideas on the other 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 only 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 forever and not 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 more experience fighting as a light hearted and is a known knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and believe he has more potential than that which he’s shown in the UFC so far. The opening line should be near 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 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 submission to Cynthia Calvillo in her last fight. I would undoubtedly favor VanZant to get the win here and based on her popularity I wouldn’t 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 in 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 using Pantoja and I expect him to be a tiny popular at open. Anticipate the failure of this fight 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 nobody 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 off of a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no more a real 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 am not exactly certain why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given their first fight went and how bad Krylov’s submission defense is, I would favor OSP to beat him 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 just 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. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be paid if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks.

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