Khalil Rountree excited to fight Anthony Smith

Khalil Rountree shares his thoughts on fighting Anthony Smith.

by Aryan Lakhani
Khalil Rountree excited to fight Anthony Smith
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A part of Khalil Rountree must be very happy for his opponent’s withdrawal from the fight as he now gets to face the well experienced Anthony Smith in less than 24 hours. This is undeniably one of the biggest opportunities for Khalil Rountree, as a win from here will flip his career around; Rountree will move up in rankings and get one step closer to fulfilling his goal of getting a title shot.

It will be fascinating to see if Rountree becomes successful in extending his winning streak. This fight is a great one for the UFC light heavyweight division. Anthony Smith also aims to secure a title shot; unfortunately, only one fighter will be able to fulfil that goal.

It will be interesting to see who ends up winning tomorrow.

Khalil Rountree on fighting Anthony Smith

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Khalil Rountree shared his genuine opinion on fighting Anthony Smith and explained how he’s more excited about this opportunity.

“I’d imagine that it would bring me higher in the rankings. I’d imagine that it would bring a good wave of new fans and potential popularity,” Rountree said, as quoted by “I think it just helps my career elevate to another level or stage.

The fact that this fight is co-main event is a great warm-up to a main event and being able to, I guess, even be worthy of having a main event.I believe so, yeah, I can say that honestly.

Rountree on feeling excited

"Yeah, it did excite me a little bit more only because I’ve had past conversations about this potential matchup, maybe one or two fights from now or something like that.

So, the name has definitely come up in the past as far as just what to aim for and reaching for a title shot”.

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