UFC makes their return to Atlanta as the PPV card is headlined by two interim title bouts.
Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier is set for the interim lightweight championship and a scrap between Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum is booked for the interim middleweight title.
There are always big fights everyone is looking forward to in fight cards, so below are few fights that you might not expect to wow you, but might surprise you. Check out some underrated fights to watch at UFC 236 this weekend.
1. Montel Jackson vs Andre Soukhamthath (Bantamweight)
UFC bantamweights collide in one of the opening fights of the night. Montel ‘Quik’ Jackson meets Andre ‘The Asian Sensation’ Soukhamthath. Jackson holds a professional record of 7-1, with 5 wins by KO, 1 submission, and 1 decision. Jackson is always looking for the finish in his fights and actually has never been finished himself. His only loss was by UD in his first ever UFC fight against Ricky Simon. Since then, Jackson picked up a big win over Brian Kelleher via D’Arce Choke in the very first round.
Jackson looks to get through the likes of fellow KO artist Andre Soukhamthath. Soukhamthath is 13-6 in his professional career, with 8 KO wins, 3 submissions, and 2 decisions. Soukhamthath has also never been finished in his career, his only losses have came by decision.
This fight is sure to be action packed so don’t miss it!
2. Boston Salmon vs Khalid Taha (Bantamweight)
In another UFC bantamweight match-up, UFC newcomer Boston ‘Boom Boom’ Salmon will be taking on Khalid ‘The Warrior’ Taha. Salmon holds a professional record of 6-1, with 4 KO wins and 2 decisions. This will be his very first UFC fight. His last appearance was on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he defeated Ricky Turcios by unanimous decision. Salmon’s only loss way by a decision. He has yet to be finished in his pro career.
In his first UFC challenge, Salmon looks to get through fellow bantamweight and KO artist Khalid Taha. Taha has a professional record of 12-2, with 7 KO wins, 3 submissions, and 2 decisions. Taha is fairly new to the UFC also, holding a UFC record of 0-1. In his last appearance, Taha made his UFC debut, when he dropped a decision to Team Alpha Male’s Nad Narimani.
Both of these men have a lot to prove in this one, so I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.
3. Max Griffin vs Zelim Imadaev (Welterweight)
In this UFC welterweight match-up, Max ‘Pain’ Griffin will be taking on undefeated prospect and UFC newcomer, Zelim Imadaev. Griffin holds a professional record of 14-6, with 7 KO wins, 2 submissions, and 5 decisions. He’s only been stopped once in his 20-fight career, which was in his UFC debut, against current title challenger and #1 contender Colby Covington. Since then, Griffin has fought some of the division’s toughest challengers, such as Thiago Alves, Curtis Millender, Mike Perry and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
His opponent, Zelim Imadaev, holds a professional record of 8-0, with all 8 wins being by KO/TKO. This will be Imadaev’s first fight ever in the UFC so I’m sure he will be looking to make a statement in the welterweight division. In his last contest, Imadaev fought Ivan Gluhak at Fight Nights Global 85. Imadaev finished his opponent by knockout, just 13 seconds into the first round. Scary power.
Griffin is 0-2 in his last two UFC fights and looking to bounce back against this undefeated prospect in Zelim Imadaev. Imadaev is making his UFC debut and surely looking to make a big statement against a name like Max Griffin. This one is sure to be a crazy fight, you don’t want to miss out on the action!