ATLANTA – Khalil Rountree Jr. dominated Eryk Anders in all facets on Saturday at UFC 236, winning the unanimous victory (30-26 on the scorecards of the three judges).
From the start, Rountree attacked Anders with kicks in the legs that made his opponent's thigh red bright after the first round. Rountree did most of his damage in the second, dropping Anders several times with punches and followed with hard kicks. The third was pretty much the same at Rountree, Anders having never managed to get a pace.
Rountree dominated Anders 79-16 in heavy strikes, including 38 on the legs. He has now won two of his last three games while Anders has lost four of his last five.
Dwight Grant beats Alan Jouban by split decision
Dwight Grant defeated Alan Jouban by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) in a scant battle between the two fighters. The fans rained sobs during the three rounds, none of the fighters having managed to hit their opponents significantly. Jouban managed to take Grant in the last seconds of the third round for a bit of ground, but that was too little, too late. Grant improved to 10-2. Jouban has now lost three of four.
After losing a split decision on Dwight Grant, Alan Jouban has questions for the judges. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN + ESPNplus.com/PPV.
Nikita Krylov beats Ovince Saint Preux in the second round
Nikita Krylov started her fight with Ovince Saint Preux after being beaten 30 times with professionalism, all finishing early. Do this 31. In the middle of the second round, Krylov lifted Saint Preux into the air and threw him to the mat. He quickly passed in the back of his opponent, hitting punches and hard elbows. Krylov then plunged his forearm under the chin of Saint Preux to smother him. Krylov (25-6) has now won five of his last six games. Saint Preux (23-13) lost twice in a row.
Matt Frevola dominated Jalin Turner on the scorecard, doing just enough for the feet and the floor to win the victory by unanimous decision (30-27 for all the judges). Turner made some pitfalls and managed to free himself from some takedown attempts – but not all. He was sent to the ground several times over three rounds. Frevola landed on the ground, especially in the third after dodging a punch and getting takedown. The bout came to an end early after Turner was caught in the eye by a Frevola player, but was later judged fit to continue. It was Frevola's first victory since August 2017.
Matt Frevola gets a big shot at the end of the fight against Jalin Turner. For more UFC action, sign up for ESPN + at ESPNplus.com/PPV
Alexandre Pantoja beats Wilson Reis by first round TKO
Alexandre Pantoja left Wilson Reis midway through the first lap with a straight line to the right and jumped immediately afterwards for tracking shots. The referee jumped to stop the action after 2 minutes and 58 seconds of fighting. Pantoja (21-3) has now won three consecutive victories. Reis (23-10), a former UFC featherweight title challenger, has lost four of his last five games.
Max Griffin and Zelim Imadaev were mutually repugnant when preparing for their fight on Saturday. The bad blood gave rise to a back and forth battle that saw Griffin beat his opponent by majority decision (29-27, 29-27 and 28-28). Imadaev was deducted from a very early point in the first round to have grabbed the fence, which gave the scores unique. The two fighters traded their shots, but Griffin's multiple hits seemed to do more for his opponent than Imadaev's glaring attempts, which were often simply missing. It was the first professional defeat of Imadaev in nine fights. Griffin (15-6) rebounded after two consecutive losses.
Zelim Imadaev and Max Griffin kick and knee late in the second round. Order UFC 236 on ESPN + at ESPNPLUS.COM/PPV
Khalid Taha beats Boston salmon with first-round TKO
The introduction of Khalid Taha lasted longer than his fight against the Boston Salmon, as he dropped his opponent with a hard left hook just moments after the start of the bout. He immediately jumped on the ball, hitting Salmon's face with two more quick shots before the referee intervened to finish the fight officially 25 seconds after the start of the first round. Taha has now divided his last four years. It was Salmon's second defeat in eight professional fights.
Belal Muhammad's ground game proved too difficult for Curtis Millender on Saturday, who won unanimously (29-27, 29-27, 30-26). After a first round in which the two fighters pulled themselves together, Muhammad called on his elite ground withdrawal capabilities to seize control. In the second and third rounds, Muhammad managed to bring Millender to the mat and get some difficult shots from the top. It was enough to win the big victory to go to 15-3. Millender now has two consecutive losses after a quick start to the UFC.
Curtis Millender strikes hard and strong the face of Belal Muhammed in the first round. Order UFC 236 on ESPN + at ESPNPLUS.COM/PPV
Montel Jackson beats Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision
Montel Jackson's fighting and combat skills were perfectly visible against Andre Soukhamthath, winning the duel by unanimous decision. Jackson took his opponent to the mat throughout the fight and inflicted the bulk of his damage. In the third, after an accidental injury to the groin that injured Soukhamath on the ground, he stood up and shot down Jackson. But in the space of a second, Jackson reversed his position and was in a position of strength. He rained blows and stayed in the position for most of the third. Jackson's improved to 8-1 while Soukhamthath dropped to 13-7.
Montel Jackson knocks out André Soukhamthath with a right punch and an immediate hook in the first round. Order UFC 236 on ESPN + at ESPNPLUS.COM/PPV
Poliana Botelho defeats Lauren Mueller by unanimous decision
Poliana Botelho appeared to be gassed out of her corner for the third round, but fortunately for the Brazilian featherweight, she had clearly won the first two rounds thanks to solid work and a quick grip, and managed to reach the line of arrival win for the sixth time in his last seven outings. The three judges gave her the fight – the only female fight of the night – with 29-28 scores. Lauren Mueller lost her second place in a row.
Lauren Mueller and Poliana Botelho exchange strikes in the third round. Order UFC 236 on ESPN + at ESPNPLUS.COM/PPV
Brandon Davis beats Randy Costa in the second round
Brandon Davis had to resist the onslaught of Randy Costa, a newcomer to the UFC, who had won his previous four professional fights in the round of 16 in the first round. But Davis was standing there, taking the best shots from Costa and delivering his own in turn in an opening match-up weight-cock. And at the start of the second round, Davis beat himself up to the canvas, where he secured a stranglehold at 1:12 to end a two-game losing streak.
Brandon Davis and Randy Costa exchange punches early in their fight. Order UFC 236 on ESPN + at ESPNPLUS.COM/PPV