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UFC 226 live blog: Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

Gokhan Saki faces off with Khalil Rountree Jr. ahead of their light heavyweight bout at UFC 226 on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
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This is the UFC 226 live blog for Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree Jr., a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night’s UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Saki, a kickboxing star who won his UFC debut with a first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva, fights Rountree Jr., who is 2-2 with one no contest in the UFC, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 226 live blog below.

Round 1: Referee Jason Herzog on hand for this one. After a brief feeling out period, it’s Rountree who is coming forward. He’s feinting, looking for an opening, then he catches Saki with a 1-2 as he comes in. Leg kick by Saki is checked. Counter-left hand by Rountree cracks Saki and the kickboxing champ goes down! Rountree with hammer fists to follow up and Herzog calls for the stoppage.

Official result: Khalil Rountree Jr. def. Gokhan Saki via KO (punches) at 1:36 of Round 1