Khalil ‘War Horse’ Rountree has a 2-2 record so far in the UFC, with an overall professional record of six wins and two losses. Rountree emerged on our screens on The Ultimate Fighter season 23. On the show, he proved to be a force to be reckoned with his strong wrestling and insane one-punch knockout power.
The American has won his last two fights in the UFC, punching his opposition around the octagon with 1st round knockout victories over Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.
Following his win against Paul Craig in Glasgow, Rountree said: “I don’t want to be a fighter for really long, fighting for cheques just to stay alive. I want to fight the hardest guys, give me a guy at the top and I will take his spot and make it my own.”
Afterwards, he expressed his desire to one day fight Jon Jones saying: “Coming into this I’ve always been inspired by Jon Jones as an athlete, we’re all human, we all have our own personal problems, but I think the guy is a phenomenal athlete. He’s one of my favourite fighters, I am very grateful to be in the same weight class as him and having the possibility of fighting him one day, that would be something I could hold onto forever, getting to fight a legend.” Clearly believing he has what it takes to become an all-time great at 205 pounds.
The super friendly Rountree was expected to fight December 30th at UFC 219 against Gokhan Saki in what I think could have been a fight of the year candidate. But Saki pulled out of the fight through injury.
Instead, Rountree will be fighting Michael Olekdiejczuk – a fellow knockout artist from Poland. The American will be hoping to be the superior fighter in this fight and to knock The Pole out cold. In Rountree’s mind, he is just another opponent in his way on his quest to move up the division.