The UFC has been extremely busy over the past week, announcing several 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 ideas on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and also my ideas on another 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 only 3-3 from the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He has chosen to make the move up to light heavyweight forever rather than cutting all that weight should help him. 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 expertise battling as a light hearted and is a known knockout artist, I still believe in Anders and think he has more potential than what he is revealed in the UFC so far. The opening line ought to be near a Pick Celtics, however 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 from 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 prefer VanZant to get the win here and predicated on her fame I wouldn’t be surprised if the lineup 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 choice in his final 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 good veteran but all the upside here is with Pantoja and I expect him to be a small popular at open. Anticipate 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 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 is a gatekeeper at 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 previously met at UFC 171 in 2014, with OSP winning by submission. I am not exactly sure why the UFC believed this rematch was essential, but given their initial fight went and how awful Krylov’s entry defense is, I’d prefer OSP to beat him once again.
Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath, UFC 236
And lastly, 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 only 2-3 in the UFC but beat Jonathan Martinez by decision in his last fight. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be favored here.
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juillet 30, 2019 - Non classé