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UFC 226 results: Khalil Rountree Jr. knocks out Gokhan Saki

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Gokhan Saki’s kickboxing record speaks for itself. The Netherlands resident has 83 wins in his chosen sport, 59 of them via knockout.

But he’s still a novice in the mixed martial arts game, which was apparent on Saturday night.

Khalil Rountree Jr. had something to say about Saki’s recent crossover to mixed martial arts, as he knocked out his opponent in the opening round of their light heavyweight matchup at UFC 226. The time of the stoppage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was 1:36.

“He’s a kickboxer, one of the best,” said Rountree (7-2, 1 NC). “But people act like when I come in here, it doesn’t take one punch to knock somebody out.”

Rountree wasted little time exactly doing that on Saturday night, as he feigned on a right hand, then connected with a perfectly placed straight left hand to the face. Saki dropped to the mat, then Rountree dished out hammer fists until the bout was waved off.

“I’m a fighter, I’m new to this, I’m young to this,” said Rountree, a Los Angeles native who trains at Las Vegas’ Syndicate MMA. “This is the type of finishes I like to see.”

Rountree now has six of his eight career wins via knockout. Saki’s MMA record dropped to 1-2.