The Octagon is headed back to Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 236. 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 at UFC 236. Zack Klein of ABC broke the news. Jouban (16-6) is 7-4 at the UFC and most recently conquered Ben Saunders via KO in a 2018″Battle 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 experience and on newspaper would be the better fighter, but he’s also 37 and hasn’t fought in over a year. This may be the right time to fade him and proceed with Grant, who I’m hoping 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 set for UFC 236. Turner (8-4) was pumped out by Vicente Luque in his UFC debut but bounced back nicely with a TKO win over Callan Potter his out time. 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 subsequently fought to a exciting draw opposite Lando Vannata his out time. Frevola is a lot better of a fighter than most give him credit for, but given how amazing Turner appeared in his UFC sophomore attempt, you need to go together to acquire this battle as a big favorite.
Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev Taking place at UFC 236 is a welterweight bout between Max Griffin and Zelim Imadaev. ESPN broke the information. Griffin (14-6) includes a fair record of 2-4 from the Octagon, but believed he should’ve a split decision nod over Thiago Alves in his last fight. His album is deceiving as he has fought some really tough competition in his losses, such as former interim champ Colby Covington. Imadaev (8-0) has knocked out each his opponents to date about the Russian regional circuit but not one of them were prominent fighters. Griffin is the biggest battle of Imadaev’s career to date, and while Griffin is a good fighter, Imadaev is a tremendous 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 news broke. Millender (17-4) watched a nine-fight win streak snapped with 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 most recently saw his four-fight win streak snapped by a decision loss to Geoff Neal. Great battle here between two durable fighters willing to stand and trade for the lovers, however despite Millender’s recent rapid loss I’d still prefer him to win this bout as he’s the more dynamic fighter and more powerful striker.
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