“Dana White, Please Protect Me”- Belal Muhammad Calls for the Banning of Oblique Kicks From UFC

Published 09/05/2021, 12:14 PM EDT


Khalil Rountree picked up a second-round TKO victory against Modestas Bukauskas, using a vicious oblique kick at UFC Vegas 36. Both fighters were coming off a two-fight losing streak into this matchup, looking to prove a point.

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And although the MMA community is happy to see Rountree get back to his winning ways, his method of victory has sparked off an age-old debate in MMA: Should Oblique kicks be legal?

Khalil Rountree had a great first round, walking his opponent down and landing vicious right hands and a hook that shattered Bukausakas’ nose.

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Continuing with the momentum from the first round, Rountree began cutting off the ring once again. And two minutes into the second round, ‘The war horse’ landed a vicious oblique kick that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas in unbearable pain, as the referee jumped in to wave off the fight.

Soon after the fight was over, several fighters took to social to congratulate Rountree but also express their concern regarding the use of the oblique kick in MMA.

UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad, who is also an analyst on the UFC post-fight show, made the following statement with regards to the debate.

“Yeah, I mean you just hit it on the nose, too. The same way that the NFL changed the rules, Dana White, please protect me. Let’s change a few [rules]. You gotta protect your stars here.”

Other fighters, including Kelvin Gastelum, Aljamain Sterling, Jimmy Manuwa, and Tatiana Suarez, weighed in as well.

Although many fighters such as Jon Jones have made use of the oblique kick in a fight, this is the first time that the use of this weapon has led to a stoppage. Considering this, there could be a change in the rule set in the future, only time will tell.

What’s next for Khalil Rountree?

Khalil Rountree has had his fair share of trials ever since becoming a part of the UFC. In fact, the 31-year-old had made plans to retire in 2020, after he’d completed his contract.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Khalil Rountree kicks Marcin Prachnio of Poland in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, ‘The War Horse’ now has a new contract with the UFC and is looking to turn things around. His most recent victory is a monumental step towards achieving that goal.

Last night, during his post-fight interview, Rountree talked about his aspirations and is looking to rack up a winning streak in the light heavyweight division. ‘The War Horse’ also called out Paul Craig, a former opponent of his who is currently ranked number twelve in the division.

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What do you think? What’s next for Khalil Rountree? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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