Mick Maynard’s Shoes: What’s next for Khalil Rountree after UFC Fight Night 233 win?

Khalil Rountree was the shining star on UFC’s penultimate event of 2023 on Saturday when he registered the biggest win of his career to date at UFC Fight Night 233.

Rountree (13-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) extended his winning streak to five fights in the light heavyweight division when he dropped and stopped former title challenger Anthony Smith (37-19 MMA, 12-9 UFC) for a third-round TKO finish at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

After the fight, Rountree called his shot in a big way by making a case to leap the rankings for a title shot against reigning 205-pound champ Alex Pereira. It’s unlikely that will come to fruition, but Rountree is most certainly on the way up, and has something big in store next.

What should that be, however? Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis on Rountree’s next move after UFC Fight Night 233.

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