Khalil Rountree
The War Horse

USA

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.
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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.
Demolished in Copenhagen
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Rountree lost to Ion Cutelaba via TKO (elbows) at 2:35 of Round 1 at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Rountree's strides in his kickboxing game were evident in his last matchup against Eryk Anders, but this time around, he was simply overpowered by Cutelaba. He landed a high kick early that led to several follow-up shots, but was taken down shortly afterwards. Rountree got back to his feet the first time, but Cutelaba secured a second takedown and Rountree never got back up, getting finished via ground-and-pound. This fight closed as nearly a pick-em, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair that was disappointing for those who rostered Rountree. He was credited with just five significant strikes before referee Mark Goddard was forced to step in and stop the bout.
Next fight on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 12, 2019
Rountree will face Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Copenhagen on Sep. 28.
ANALYSIS
Rountree is coming off a win over Eryk Anders at UFC 236 in Atlanta via unanimous decision, moving his overall record to 8-3. The biggest takeaway from that fight is how Rountree reinvented his striking game after spending the majority of his fight camp in Thailand. He looked reinvigorated on the feet, exercising patience and picking his spots precisely. Cutelaba will be looking to get back on the right track after losing to Glover Teixeira by a rear-naked choke submission in late April. Cutelaba owns statistical edges in striking volume and striking differential, though Rountree is admittedly a different striker than he was while racking up the majority of those numbers. If Cutelaba struggles in the standup department, however, he does have superior offensive wrestling marks to lean on, if needed.
Hammers overwhelmed Eryk Anders
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Rountree defeated Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
It was a thorough and vicious beating. Rountree landed countless leg kicks in Round 1 and Anders spent the rest of the bout competing on one leg. Rountree was credited with four knockdowns and 38 of his 83 total shots were to the legs of Anders. Rountree is athletic, powerful, and improving every single time he steps into the octagon. The UFC's 205-pound division is extremely top heavy, but Khalil had added some much needed quality depth to the mix. Rountree is 4-1 (1NC) in his last six bouts.