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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 these cards is UFC 236, which takes place April 13 in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out my ideas on the primary event between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier here, and also my thoughts on the other newly-announced bouts are below. 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 in the UFC and is coming off of a decision loss to Elias Theodorou. He’s decided to make the move up to light heavyweight permanently rather than cutting all that burden should help him. Rountree (7-3, 1 NC) is 3-3, 1 NC from the UFC and is coming from a KO loss to Johnny Walker. While Rountree has more experience battling as a light hearted and is a proven knockout artist, I believe in Anders and believe he has more potential than what he’s revealed in the UFC up to now. The opening line should be close to 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 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 dropped by entry to Cynthia Calvillo in her final struggle. I’d definitely prefer VanZant to get the win here and based on her fame I wouldn’t be surprised 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 in the UFC and defeated 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 good veteran but all the upside here is using Pantoja and that I hope him to be a small favorite at open. Anticipate the loser of the struggle to be published because the UFC cuts almost 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 at the UFC and is coming from a decision loss to Dominick Reyes. He is a gatekeeper in 205lbs and is no longer a true title contender. Krylov (24-6) is 6-4 at the UFC and was filed by Jan Blachowicz in his final 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 necessary, but given their initial fight went and how awful Krylov’s submission defense is, I’d favor OSP to overcome him once 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 well with a submission win over Brian Kelleher. Soukhamthath (13-6) is only 2-3 in the UFC but conquer Jonathan Martinez by decision in his final struggle. Soukhamthath is too inconsistent to trust, and I expect Jackson to be favored here. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. Read more: gogolfsandiego.com