The Octagon is headed back for UFC 236 to Atlanta, Georgia. The card takes place April 13 at State Farm Arena, and a number of the newest bouts added to the card are listed below.
Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant, UFC 236
Welterweights Alan Jouban and Dwight Grant will meet UFC 236. Zack Klein of all ABC broke the information. Jouban (16-6) is 7-4 in the UFC and many recently conquered Ben Saunders via KO in a 2018″Fight of the Year” candidate. Grant (9-2) showed some Octagon jitters in his UFC debut when he dropped a split decision to Zak Ottow, but he bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Carlo Pedersoli Jr. in his final struggle. Jouban has more expertise and on paper is the better fighter, but he is also 37 and hasn’t fought in over a year. This might be the ideal time to fade him and go with Grant, who I’m expecting to be the underdog in this one.
Jalin Turner vs. Matt Frevola, UFC 236
A lightweight matchup involving Jalin Turner and Matt Frevola is also place for UFC 236. Turner (8-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut but bounced back well with a TKO win over Callan Potter his last time out. Just 23, he looks like a very solid prospect at 155lbs. Frevola (6-1-1) was pumped out by Marco Polo Reyes in his UFC debut and then fought to an exciting draw opposite Lando Vannata his last time out. Frevola is a lot better of a fighter than most give him credit for, but given how amazing Turner looked in his UFC sophomore attempt, you need to go with him to win this battle as a major favorite.
Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev, UFC 236 Taking place at UFC 236 is a welterweight bout between Max Griffin and Zelim Imadaev. ESPN broke the news. Griffin (14-6) has a mediocre record of 2-4 from the Octagon, but most believed he should’ve a split decision nod over Thiago Alves in his final struggle. His record is deceiving as he has fought some really hard competition in his losses, such as former interim champ Colby Covington. Imadaev (8-0) has knocked out each of his opponents to date on the Russian regional circuit but none of them were prominent fighters. Griffin is the biggest fight of Imadaev’s career to date, and while Griffin is a good fighter, Imadaev is a huge prospect with a glistening record and will probably be preferred here.
Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad, UFC 236
Only a week after being filed by Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Curtis Millender has signed a contract to fight fellow welterweight Belal Muhammad at UFC 236. The information broke. Millender (17-4) saw a nine-fight win streak snapped by his entry loss to dos Santos but before this had won his first three fights in the Octagon. Muhammad (14-3) is 5-3 in the UFC and many recently saw his four-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Geoff Neal. Great fight here between two durable fighters willing to stand and exchange for the fans, however despite Millender’s recent rapid loss I would still favor him to win this bout as he is the more dynamic fighter and more powerful striker.
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