UFC 226 has just got another stellar match-up.
When Khalil Rountree and Gokhan Saki were booked to trade blows at UFC 219 fight fans around the world rejoiced, but unfortunately a leg injury ruled Saki out. Thankfully, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has noticed the fan interest in seeing two of the most explosive strikers at 205 collide and have rebooked them for UFC 226.
Rountree tasted defeat in his first two Octagon appearances, losing to Andrew Sanchez in the “TUF 24 Finale” and getting submitted by Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night “Whittaker vs. Brunson,” but has rebounded in impressive fashion since. Following two brutal early knockout victories, Rountree lost to Michał Oleksiejczuk at UFC 219, but the fight was later changed to a no contest as Oleksiejczuk was flagged for an anti-doping violation.
Saki is one of the most feared strikers on the planet and has been a mainstay of the kickboxing scene for 15 years before making a full-time transition to mixed martial arts. During Saki’s kickboxing career, he was the Glory light heavyweight champion.
Saki is 1-1 in his MMA career, with his lone loss coming in a one-off fight in 2004, while he was still a full-time kickboxer. Since stepping away from kickboxing, he has fought just once, scoring a knockout victory against Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night “St. Preux vs. Okami.”
UFC 226 goes down July 7 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by a superfight between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier.