Khalil Rountree
The War Horse

USA

Crushing defeat as huge favorite
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 23, 2021
Rountree lost to Marcin Prachnio via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
This is a career-defining loss for Rountree. There's no way around it. Entering as a -375 favorite and going up against an opponent who was 0-3 in the company with three first-round knockout defeats on his resume, Rountree faded as the fight progressed. He landed the more powerful shots throughout the course of the bout, but Prachnio wore him down with volume, and Rountree's below-average conditioning didn't help matters. Rountree openly talked about retirement not all that long ago, but instead decided to sign a contract extension with the company. It's fair to wonder if both parties are regretting the move after this one. Rountree is 1-3 (2 knockout losses and this stinker against Prachnio) in his past four fights dating back to November 2018.
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Next fight on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 13, 2020
Rountree will take on Marcin Prachnio in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rountree hinted at retirement after losing to Ion Cutelaba via TKO (elbows) at UFC Copenhagen in September of 2019, his most recent appearance in the Octagon. However, he'll make at least one more appearance under the UFC banner when he faces Prachnio in early 2021. Prachnio showed promise when he signed with the promotion, but he's been knocked out in the first round during each of his first three UFC fights. He most recently lost to Mike Rodriguez via TKO (strikes) in August. Prachnio carries an advantage in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Re-signs with UFC
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 2, 2020
Rountree announced Friday via his personal Instagram account that he re-signed with the UFC and is targeting a return to the Octagon in early 2021.
ANALYSIS
Rountree hasn't fought since suffering a first-round loss to Ion Cutelaba in September 2019, with the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a potential matchup with Sam Alvey in March being postponed. The 30-year-old previously hinted that his fight with Alvey would be his last, but Rountree's decision to extend his contract with the promotion suggests he's not ready to retire just yet. For his career, the light heavyweight fighter owns an 8-4-0 record (one no contest).
Lined up for August 15
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 6, 2020
Rountree is in discussions to square off against Greg Hardy on August 15 in Las Vegas, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Rountree will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since last September when he was defeated via TKO by Ion Cutelaba. His opponent, Greg Hardy, last fought in early May when he scored a unanimous decision victory over Yorgan de Castro. Rountree started his UFC career in the middleweight division before moving up to light heavyweight, and with this fight set to be contested at heavyweight, it's unclear what Rountree's future plans are in terms of weight class. He'll undoubtedly have speed and cardio advantages over Hardy, but will be giving up four inches in both height and reach.
Next fight uncertain
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Rountree, who was scheduled to face Sam Alvey at UFC Columbus on March 28, no longer has a fight lined up after the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANALYSIS
The UFC appears to be moving on from this scheduled matchup, instead pinning Alvey against Ryan Spann at UFC 249 on April 18. It's unclear what's next for Rountree, who his coming off a loss to Ion Cutelaba which dropped him to 2-3 in his last five bouts.
Draws Sam Alvey in Columbus
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 27, 2019
Rountree will meet Sam Alvey in the Octagon as the two square up in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Columbus on Mar. 28, Alexander K. Lee of mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rountree is coming off of a brutal loss in which he lost by way of knockout less than two-and-a-half minutes into the first round against lon Cutelaba at UFC Copenhagen back in September. Even though he's just 29-year-old, Rountree announced that he will retire following the conclusion of the fight as he recently made the announcement via his Instagram story Friday afternoon. Nicknamed The War Horse, Rountree will go to war one last time and look to end his professional fighting career on a high note in just a few months.