MMA Preview – Eryk Anders vs Khalil Rountree Jr. at UFC 236

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 236? Sunday 14th April, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 236? State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

What channel is UFC 236? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 236? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Eryk Anders is in unfamiliar territory, having lost three of his last four fights. Lyoto Machida narrowly outpointed him to hand him the second loss of his career but Anders responded with a vintage performance by almost taking Tim Williams’ head off with a kick. However, he then moved up to light heavyweight to take on fellow slugger, Thiago Santos, on short notice and fell short in a brutal battle that left him unable to stand for the fourth round. A vintage performance from Santos was followed by another humbling by Elias Theodorou in his next fight. Back at middleweight, Theodorou played it safe and edged another decision win.

We can rest assured that Khalil Rountree Jr. will not play it safe. Like Anders, he comes to finish with thunderous power which we saw when he took on legendary kickboxer Gokhan Saki. He chose to stand with the decorated champion and took less than two minutes to knock him out. However, he got a taste of his own medicine when he took on Johnny Walker, by eating a devastating elbow that knocked him out cold.

THE PREDICTION

We have discovered how dangerous Rountree Jr. is on the feet and his game plan will be to patiently wait for an opening to find Anders’ chin. Anders has more strings to his bow as a strong grappler but he also has the explosiveness to match as a former linebacker. He will back himself in the exchanges, but he also has the plan B of taking the fight to the floor.

Anders is a warrior so don’t be surprised to see him stand in front of his fellow powerhouse, and the threat of the takedown may create the opening to uncork his monstrous left hand.

Winner: Anders via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric