Khalil Rountree
The War Horse

USA

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.
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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.
Taking on Eryk Anders at UFC 236
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 12, 2019
Rountree (7-3-0) is scheduled to fight Eryk Anders (11-3-0) in a light heavyweight fight April 13 at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rountree returns to the Octagon after Johnny Walker dealt him a first-round knockout loss back in November at UFC Buenos Aires. In addition to having youth on his side with the matchup with Anders, 31, the 29-year-old Rountree won't have to transform his body like Anders will ahead of the fight. Anders' last bout came at 185 pounds, so he'll need to pack on weight as he moves up from the middleweight to light heavyweight division.
Gets finished quickly in Argentina
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Rountree lost to Johnny Walker via KO (elbow) at 1:57 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Rountree did his best to stay patient but could never find a way to close distance safely and ended up eating a head kick, which resulted in the elbows that ended the fight. Rountree is a good, powerful athlete, but doesn't have much in the way of striking technique and tends to by very hittable. With no wrestling game or cardio to speak of, it seems unlikely that Rountree will have much of a future as a contender, even in the thin light heavyweight division. Rountree falls to 7-3 with one no-contest in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Heads to Argentina to face DWTNCS winner
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 23, 2018
Rountree will take on Johnny Walker in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Argentina on Nov. 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rountree may sport just a 3-3 record under the UFC banner, but all three victories were by first-round KO/TKO, and he even took home a Performance of the Night bonus his last time out. He's typically a boom-or-bust fantasy play, but should enter as a betting favorite against fellow knockout artist Johnny Walker. Walker defeated Henrique da Silva on the Brazilian version of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, and that decision win actually broke a streak of four-straight stoppages within the first two rounds. Rountree may be more experienced under the bright lights, but he'll be the much smaller man in the cage, conceding six inches in reach and four inches in height to Walker.
Finishes Gohkan Saki in 96 seconds Saturday
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 7, 2018
Rountree defeated Gohkan Saki via KO (punches) at 1:36 of Round 1 at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Well, knocking out a former world champion kickboxer in 96 seconds is one way to make a name for yourself. With virtually the entire MMA world expecting Rountree to try to grapple Saki, Khalil stood right in the pocket and quickly dusted his opposition. Rountree is an above-average athlete with big time power, so perhaps we shouldn't be shocked at how this one evolved, but it was still a terrific, unexpected performance. Rountree needs to string together a few wins in the coming 12 months or so, but Saturday's effort was a great start.