Khalil Rountree Jr.

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Khalil Rountree Jr.
Khalil Rountree, Jr..jpg
Born (1990-02-06) February 6, 1990 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Other namesThe War Horse[2]
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight204 12 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach76 12 in (194 cm)
Fighting out ofPhuket, Thailand
TeamTiger Muay Thai
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Khalil Rountree Jr. (born February 6, 1990) is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]


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.[3][4] 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.[5] Khalil trains at Syndicate MMA Las Vegas. Before his UFC 236 fight against Eryk Anders, Rountree trained in Thailand, focusing on Muay Thai.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rountree had a record of 6-0 in his amateur fights under the Tuff-N-Uff and King of the Cage (KOTC) banners. He amassed a record of 4-0 in his professional career fighting in Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) prior joining UFC.[7]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In April 2016, Rountree competed as a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia.[8][9] In the first round, he faced Muhammed DeReese and won via knockout.[10] In the elimination round, he faced Cory Hendricks and lost via submission in the first round.[11]

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.[12] Rountree moved on to faced Josh Stansbury and won via knockout in the first round to advance face Andrew Sanchez at the finale.[13][14][15]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[13][14] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Rountree next faced Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson on November 27, 2016.[17] He was submitted via rear-naked choke in round one.[18]

On his third fight Rountree faced Daniel Jolly at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie on February 4, 2017.[19] He won via knockout in the first round.[20]

Rountree faced Paul Craig on July 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio.[21] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[22]

Rountree was expected to face Gökhan Saki on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219.[23] However, Saki was forced to pull out, citing knee injury, and was replaced by Michal Oleksiejczuk.[24] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[25] 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.[26]

The bout between Rountree and Gökhan Saki eventually took place at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018.[27] Rountree won the fight via knockout in round one.[28] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award. [29]

Rountree faced promotional newcomer Johnny Walker on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[30] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[31]

Rountree faced Eryk Anders on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Rountree enjoys dancing and listening to music. He is a fan of the Village People.[35]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 6, 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. 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 Lost The Ultimate Fighter 23 Light Heavyweight Tournament.
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 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Livingston Lukow Decision (unanimous) RFA 15 June 6, 2014 3 5:00 Culver City, California, United States Light Heavyweight debut.


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


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