Modestas Bukauskas vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. Odds, Preview and Prediction, (September 4): UFC
- Sep 2, 2021, 5:28:02 AM
Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
|Time (Main Card)||4:00 p.m. EST|
|Modestas Bukauskas money line||-160|
|Khalil Rountree Jr. money line||+135|
|Modestas Bukauskas||Khalil Rountree Jr.|
A clash in the Light Heavyweight division see’s two struggling fighters in Modestas Bukauskas and Khalil Rountree Jr. pair up in a must win fight. Bukauskas enters this fight on a two fight skid, most recently dropping a split decision loss to Michal Oleksiejczuk. A fight that quite frankly, the majority of media members had Bukauskas winning. Meanwhile, Rountree Jr. too enters this fight on a two fight losing streak. The former Ultimate Fighter 23 finalist has yet to replicate early success that saw him finish Paul Craig and Gokhan Saki. As a loser of three of his last four fights, Rountree could be on the receiving end of a pink slip should he lose this fight.
This is a fun fight for as long as it lasts, as both men are pure strikers. In fact, neither man has yet to complete a takedown. Khalili Rountree Jr. has yet to even attempt one in his ten UFC fights. So with this fight taking place on the feet, it should be an interesting clash of styles. Modestas Bukauskas is a flashy striker, who likes to keep distance and chip away at his opponents. If he could add more volume to his striking, he’d be a bigger problem on the feet. The same could be said about Rountree Jr., who has relied on power over volume and accuracy. While Rountree Jr. has three UFC knockout victories to his name, he also has five UFC losses.
As for a prediction, I’m picking Rountree Jr. to win. I feel that both are low output strikers, who are inaccurate and have leaky striking defense. While Bukauskas boast better cardio, I do feel that the power of Rountree Jr. is going to erase that factor. Of course, Rountree Jr. could fight gun shy like he did in his last fight. One in which he was a heavy favorite. However with his back up against the wall, I believe Rountree Jr. comes to fight. So with that said, I predict that Rountree Jr. wins this fight via TKO.
PICK: Khalil Rountree Jr. (+135)
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