LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Khalil Rountree picked up another violent finish at UFC Vegas 78 last night (Sat., Aug. 12, 2023), sparking Chris Daukaus in the first round — and spoiling his Light Heavyweight debut in the process — inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights).
The violent knockout artist also picked up a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for the crowd-pleasing effort.
After his fight, during his post-fight interview with the media, Rountree was asked about his beef with the next 185-pound title challenger, Sean Strickland (details here); however, it seems like Rountree has forgotten the identity of his former teammate and current bully.
Khalil Rountree doesn’t know who Sean Strickland is pic.twitter.com/PmjkfBY7TS— MMA Mania (@mmamania) August 13, 2023
“I don’t even know who that is, dude,” Rountree said. “Guys keep asking me about this name, I don’t even know this person.”
Last year, Strickland made his beef with Rountree public, mocking Rountree’s emotional post-fight interview (catch up here). Then, out of nowhere, Strickland brought up the Light Heavyweight knockout artist last month, calling him “special needs.”
Someone brought up my Roundtree interaction. I use to think he was just a male feminist who was in a cult ao naturally I made fun of him because it was the right thing to do...— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) July 23, 2023
In hindsight I think he might be special needs and is a victim. Maybe he needs help?#saveroundtree
Strickland continued his trolling by bashing Rountree on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which made Rountree confront the controversial Middleweight.
Soo awkward day.. Roundtree came to the gym and confronted me lmao...— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) July 11, 2023
He said "You talk to much shit, stop"
And I said "no, everything I said is true"
Moral of the story is I'm an asshole and if you don't like what I say then don't give me good material. Be better...
Again, Strickland trolled “War Horse” on social media last night after he got ignored, claiming Rountree is part of a cult named “Choice Center,” which is located in “Sin City.”
Sean Strickland has responded via his Instagram Stories pic.twitter.com/xxwjGLxAkn— Jason Hagholm (@JHagholm1) August 13, 2023
Don’t you just love meaningless mixed martial arts (MMA) drama?
Rountree is now riding a four-fight win streak with three technical knockout finishes. He hopes to headline a Fight Night in his next outing against a ranked opponent. Meanwhile, Strickland will lock horns with Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, at UFC 293, which is scheduled to take place inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 9, 2023.
For complete UFC Vegas 78 results, coverage and highlights click HERE.