VIDEO: Khalil Rountree Jr Scores Unique Oblique Kick KO at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till

Published 09/05/2021, 9:04 AM EDT


Khalil Rountree Jr scored a stunning oblique kick knockout in the second round of his fight against Modestas Bukauskas at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Till. Rountree ended his two-fight skid in the process on the main card of the contest. Also, the nature of the knockout was something new for the fans.

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Rountree has been training in the Tiger Muay Thai club in Thailand for a while now. His fight against Eryk Anders showed signs of his adaptation to the new style. But he showcased all of those skills last night against Bukauskas. ‘The War Horse’ came out aggressive early, swinging for the fences and got Bukauskas back peddling as the latter was visibly concerned with his opponent’s power.

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Bukauskas was looking to weather the early storm and managed to do it successfully. But Rountree timed his kick to perfection and ended the fight via oblique kick in the second round. The nature of the injury was quite agonizing and Bukauskas might have suffered multiple ligament tears, it seems.

Since his TUF days, Rountree has been touted as the next big prospect of the light-heavyweight division. However, he has faced adversities so far in his career. But last night’s performance certainly showed that ‘The War Horse’ has been putting in the work and is ready to take on tougher opponents.

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What’s next for Khalil Rountree Jr after his stunning win?

Rountree will look to make his way into the top 15 of the 205 lbs division after such an impressive win. The likes of Jamahal Hill, Jim Crute, and other ranked guys will be entertaining fights for ‘The War Horse’. Win or lose, Rountree never fails to present an entertaining scrap to the fans.

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)

It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Rountree up against. He looks on course to become a perennial presence at the light-heavyweight division. A ranked opponent seems to be the most feasible option for ‘The War Horse‘ next. If he indeed gets that, remains to be seen.

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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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