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Who won Smith vs Rountree Jr.?
Khalil Rountree beat Anthony Smith by during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Gutierrez, on Saturday 9th December 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Khalil Rountree.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Smith vs Rountree Jr. stats
Anthony Smith stepped into the octagon with a record of 37 wins, 18 loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 14 by submission.
Khalil Rountree made his way to the cage with a record of 12 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Rountree had an advantage in power over Smith, with a 67% knock out percentage over Smith's 51%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Smith had a massive advantage over Rountree, boasting at 38% submission rate over Rountree's 0%.
Anthony Smith was the older man by 1 year, at 35 years old.
Smith had a height advantage of 3 inches over Rountree. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Smith was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 38 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 6 years and 3 months earlier than Rountree, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 72 more professional rounds, 109 to Rountree's 37.
Smith vs Rountree Jr. form
Smith had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Ryan Spann at UFC Fight Night – Holloway vs. Korean Zombie on 26th August 2023 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night – Rozenstruik vs. Almeida on 13th May 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 277 on 30th July 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Before that, he had defeated Ryan Spann at UFC Vegas 37 on 18th September 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had beat Jimmy Crute at UFC 261 on 24th April 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
Rountree had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Chris Daukaus at UFC Fight Night – Luque vs Dos Anjos on 12th August 2023 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Dustin Jacoby at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Allen on 29th October 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Karl Roberson at UFC Fight Night on 12th March 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Modestas Bukauskas at UFC Vegas 36 on 4th September 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had been beaten by Ion Cutelaba at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Anthony Smith had been fighting more than Khalil Rountree.
Going to this contest, Anthony Smith had last fought 6 months and 4 days ago, while Khalil Rountree's last outing had been 6 months and 18 days ago.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Rountree's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Smith vs Rountree Jr.?
Anthony Smith was a 33/20 (+170) underdog going into the contest, while Khalil Rountree made his way into the ring at 1/2 (-200) with oddsmakers.