UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till: Modestas Bukauskas vs Khalil Rountree Jr- Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/03/2021, 10:41 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till will see an exciting light-heavyweight match-up between Modestas Bukauskas and Khalil Rountree Jr go down on the main card. Both promises of the 205 lbs division are currently riding a 2-fight losing streak. Either man will look to return to winning ways with a triumphant outing this weekend.

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Bukauskas is currently on a 2-fight skid. After stopping Andreas Michailidis in his UFC debut, the former Cage Warriors star has suffered two back-to-back losses against the likes of Jimmy Crute and Michal Oleksiejczuk. ‘The Baltic Gladiator’ will aim to better Rountree in what will be his fourth appearance inside the Octagon.

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)

The former TUFC 23 contestant, Rountree, will make his eleventh walk to the Octagon against Bukauskas. He is yet to win a fight since his UFC 236 win against Eryk Anders and is currently riding a 2-fight skid in the light-heavyweight division of the UFC. The 31-year-old Muay-Thai fighter will be determined to get back on track with a win this weekend.

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Bukauskas has a professional record of 11-4. The 27-year-old Lithuanian has 10 finishes under his belt. 8 T/KO and 2 submission wins comprise those numbers for him.

Rountree’s record stands at 8-5. He has 5 finishes, all of which have come via T/KO.

Modestas Bukauskas vs Khalil Rountree: Analysis

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Rountree has a very diverse and powerful striking game. His ability to chop his opponents with powerful kicks to the lower and mid sections of their bodies is underrated. Once considered as a dark horse of the light-heavyweight division, Rountree has lost the momentum a bit one might argue.

 

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While ‘The War Horse‘ will look to get back on track, he will have a stern test in hand against Bukauskas. The latter is very technical and possesses a plethora of skill sets to dismantle his opponents. And he might just be able to do so against Rountree and gain a decision win in his favor in the process.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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