|Khalil Rountree Jr.|
|Born||Khalil Ibn Rountree|
February 26, 1990
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Other names||The War Horse|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||76+1⁄2 in (194 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Phuket, Thailand|
|Team||Syndicate MMA (present) |
Tiger Muay Thai (2019–present)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rountree was born in Los Angeles, California. When he was two years old, his father was shot and killed in an attempted robbery while working as the tour manager for Boyz II Men. Growing up overweight and self-described as "non-confrontational," Rountree was in a band traveling the country. Eating unhealthy and smoking cigarettes, he decided to begin training after watching The Ultimate Fighter with his brother. At the age of 20 and weighing 300 lbs, Rountree joined Wand Fight Team gym in an attempt to lose weight. After one year of MMA training, Rountree started his MMA amateur career in 2011. Before his UFC 236 fight against Eryk Anders, Rountree trained in Thailand, focusing on Muay Thai.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Resurrection Fighting AllianceEdit
Rountree made his professional debut, as a light heavyweight, with Resurrection Fighting Alliance against Livingston Lukow at RFA 15 on June 6, 2014. Rountree won the fight by unanimous decision.
Rountree was scheduled to face Blake Troop in a 190 lbs catchweight bout at RFA 21 on December 5, 2014. Rountree won the fight by a first-round knockout, after just 39 seconds.
Rountree made his middleweight debut against Cameron Olson at RFA 25 on April 10, 2015. Rountree won the fight by a unanimous decision.
Rountree made his final appearance with RFA against Justin Polendey at RFA 33 on December 11, 2015. Rountree won the fight by first-round knockout.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
In April 2016, Rountree competed as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia. In the first round, he faced Muhammed DeReese and won via knockout. In the elimination round, he faced Cory Hendricks and lost via submission in the first round.
Later in the show, Hendricks withdrew himself from the competition due to neck injury and Dana White decided to bring back Rountree for the semi-final round. Rountree moved on to faced Josh Stansbury and won via knockout in the first round to advance and face Andrew Sanchez at the finale.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Rountree made his promotional debut on July 8, 2016 at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale for the TUF 23 Light Heavyweight title against Andrew Sanchez. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Rountree was expected to face Gökhan Saki on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219. However, Saki was forced to pull out, citing knee injury, and was replaced by Michał Oleksiejczuk. Rountree lost the fight by unanimous decision. However, after the fight, it was revealed that Oleksiejczuk had tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic substance. As a result, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) officially overturned the result of the fight to a no contest.
The bout between Rountree and Gökhan Saki eventually took place at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018. Rountree won the fight via knockout in round one. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Despite talks of retiring after the scrapped bout with Alvey, Rountree signed a contract extension with the UFC in October 2020.
Rountree faced Modestas Bukauskas on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191. He won the fight via TKO in round two after catching Bukauskas with an oblique kick, marking the first time the technique had been used to finish a fight in the UFC.
Rountree faced Karl Roberson on March 12, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 203. Rountree won the bout after dropping Roberson with a body kick and then finishing him on the ground. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Championships and achievementsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||10 wins||5 losses|
|Win||10–5 (1)||Karl Roberson||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev||March 12, 2022||2||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||9–5 (1)||Modestas Bukauskas||TKO (leg kick)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till||September 4, 2021||2||2:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8–5 (1)||Marcin Prachnio||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 257||January 24, 2021||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||8–4 (1)||Ion Cuțelaba||TKO (elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier||September 28, 2019||1||2:35||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Win||8–3 (1)||Eryk Anders||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||7–3 (1)||Johnny Walker||KO (elbow)||UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio||November 17, 2018||1||1:57||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||7–2 (1)||Gökhan Saki||TKO (punches)||UFC 226||July 7, 2018||1||1:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|NC||6–2 (1)||Michał Oleksiejczuk||NC (overturned)||UFC 219||December 30, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Originally a unanimous decision win for Oleksiejczuk; overturned after he tested positive for clomiphene.|
|Win||6–2||Paul Craig||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||July 16, 2017||1||4:56||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Win||5–2||Daniel Jolly||KO (knee)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||1||0:52||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Tyson Pedro||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||November 27, 2016||1||4:07||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||4–1||Andrew Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale||July 8, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Light Heavyweight. The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||4–0||Justin Polendey||KO (punch)||RFA 33||December 11, 2015||1||1:42||Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Cameron Olson||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 25||April 10, 2015||3||5:00||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States||Middleweight debut.|
|Win||2–0||Blake Troop||KO (punch)||RFA 21||December 5, 2014||1||0:39||Costa Mesa, California, United States||Catchweight (190 lb) bout.|
|Win||1–0||Livingston Lukow||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 15||June 6, 2014||3||5:00||Culver City, California, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Win||2–1||Josh Stansbury||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia||July 6, 2016 (airdate)||1||4:15||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 23 Semifinal round|
|Loss||1–1||Cory Hendricks||Submission (rear-naked choke)||April 27, 2016 (airdate)||1||2:34||TUF 23 Quarterfinal round|
|Win||1–0||Muhammed Dereese||TKO (punches and soccer kicks to the body)||April 20, 2016 (airdate)||2||0:38||TUF 23 Elimination round|
|Amateur record breakdown|
|7 matches||6 wins||1 loss|
|Win||6-1||Dylan Jahrling||KO (punch)||Tuff-N-Uff - Future Stars of MMA||July 5, 2013||1||1:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||5-1||Lee Cordova||Submission (guillotine choke)||Tuff-N-Uff - Festibrawl 6||May 26, 2013||1||0:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-1||Prentice Williams||Decision (unanimous)||Tuff-N-Uff - Knock Out Cancer 2||October 11, 2012||3||3:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3-1||Giovani Zavala||TKO (knee and punches)||Tuff-N-Uff - Beauties and Beasts||January 27, 2012||1||0:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||2-1||Aaron Fonseca||N/A||Nevada Regional Circuit||September 16, 2011||N/A||N/A||Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-0||Niels Berlemann||KO (punch)||KOTC - Future Legends 2||June 4, 2011||1||0:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1-0||Travis Jelmyer||TKO (punches)||Tuff-N-Uff - Future Stars of MMA||March 12, 2011||1||0:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
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