UFC Fight Night 160 | Squared Up: Cutelaba vs Rountree Fight Analysis & Predictions

Jason Paglia

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:45 AM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019 7:45 AM UTC

UFC Fight Night 160 Main Card Breakdown: Cutelaba vs Rountree

<div><p>The Ultimate Fighting Championship is kicking down the door of the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark for UFC Fight Night: 160. Ordinarily these breakdowns are for the main or co-main event, and while we covered the main event this week, the co-main is a pass. So, I decided to breakdown a fight on the card that I saw a ton of value in and this fight is it. Neither of these guys have cracked the top 15 in their division, but I do think it’s only a matter of time for one of them. It goes down Saturday, when Ion Cutelaba squares up against Khalil Roundtree on the main card of Fight Night 160. Let’s do the damn thing.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>ION CUTELABA (14-4) vs KALIL ROUNTREE (8-3)</strong></h2><div style="text-align:center"><strong><img alt src="https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article10606284.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/UFC-Fight-Night-Cutelaba-v-da-Silva.jpg" style="width:700px;height:466px" /></strong></div><p style="text-align:center"><b>Ion Cutelaba</b></p><p>Ion Cutelaba was born and raised in Chisinau, where he started training in Roman Grecco Wrestling from a young age. Years later as a young teenager he began to train in the practices of Sambo and Judo. After years of practicing mixed martial arts, Cutelaba turned professional in 2012. He competed in various regional promotions in eastern Europe. He would win 11 of his first 12 fights and the UFC finally took notice. After 4 years on the regional scene he signed with the MMA titan in October 2016. In his first fight, he faced Misha Cirkunocv at UFC Fight Night 89. He went onto to lose that fight via submission. That would set the tone for his MMA career. Going into to Saturday’s fight with Khalil Roundtree, Ion Cutelaba is 3-3 in the UFC and in need of a win. Below is a look at Ion Cutelaba, by the numbers.</p><h2><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪11 wins by TKO ▪ 5.24 Landed ▪ 66.67% Accuracy</p><p>▪1 wins by Decision ▪3.21 Absorbed ▪ 80% Defended</p><p>▪2 wins by Submission</p><h2><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></h2><p>• <strong>Strength </strong>(Soon you will realize how much I dislike this guy as a fighter. He is strong... I guess.)</p><p>• <strong>Power </strong>(Like I said, not a fan. He hits hard… I guess.)</p><h2><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Speed </strong>(I am not a fan of Cutelaba in general, but he just isn’t a fast fighter. Whether it’s hand speed, movement around the cage or takedown attempts, everything he does is usually slower than his opponent.)</p><p>• <strong>Fight IQ</strong> (I might be biased but, the guy in terms of fight IQ is dumb as a brick. Whether it’s falling into submissions or walking into counters, the guy always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When that is the case repeatedly, it usually is you not the opponent.)</p><p>•<strong>Defensive Footwork </strong>(When he is outmatched on the feet and in the trouble, he isn’t able to get himself out of trouble with his legs.)</p><p style="text-align:center"><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/khalil-rountree-eryk-anders-ufc-236-1.jpg?w=1000&amp;h=666" style="width:700px;height:466px" /><br /><b>Khalil Roundtree</b></p><p>Rountree’s story is really incredible. He was out of shape, 300 pounds, and was the furthest thing from an athlete that there is. One day he watched the UFC’s reality television show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and it changed his life. Nine years ago, he joined an MMA gym, got in shape and practiced day in day out, and became an amateur MMA fighter. With a 6-0 record on the amateur scene, his dream came true and he got the call from the very show that inspired him to get in shape and become a fighter in the first place, ‘The Ultimate Fighter’.</p><p>He was eliminated in the 2<sup>nd</sup> round of the competition and thought he was out of the tournament. Luckily for him, one of the fighters that were still in the competition got injured and Dana White decided to give Rountree another shot. He won his next two fights and found himself in the finals of the Ultimate Fighter. He would go on to lose to Andrew Sanchez by unanimous decision that night, but his UFC career didn’t end there. White liked him enough to sign him to a UFC contract. Since signing the UFC contract, he is 4-2 in the promotion and steps into Saturday’s fight off of his best performance to date. Can he continue to ascend and finally crack the top 15? Below is a look at Khalil Rountree, by the Numbers.</p><h2><strong><u>― STATS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Method of Victory •Significant Strikes </strong>(per/min)<strong> •Takedowns </strong></p><p>▪5 wins by TKO ▪ 2.31 Landed ▪ 0% Accuracy</p><p>▪3 wins by Decision ▪3.2 Absorbed ▪ 50% Defended</p><p>▪0 wins by Submission</p><h2><strong><u>― PROS ―</u></strong></h2><p>• <b>Speed </b>(Rountree is lightning fast for someone that is as big as he is, whether its darting in and out of range or it’s his hand speed, he is sneaky fast.)</p><p>• <strong>Power </strong>(He hits like a Mack Truck…. The end.)</p><p>• <strong>Muay Thai </strong>(After getting starched by Johnny Walker, Rountree moved to Thailand because he wasn’t living up to his potential. He has had one fight since the move and that was against Eryk Anders. Rountree’s performance was one of the best of 2019. Total domination for 3 rounds from start to finish. He came back looking like a legitimate Muay Thai fighter that is going to be a problem for a lot of men in the division.)</p><h2><strong><u>― CONS ―</u></strong></h2><p>•<strong>Chin (maybe) </strong>(He was knocked out by Walker. I don’t know if it’s just because Walker is a freak or if that chin is going to be easily crackable from now on. My gut says it was because WALKER IS A FREAK.)</p><p>•<strong>Ground Game </strong>(This is my biggest issue with Khalil Rountree. He is not a complete fighter, but in many fights, he doesn’t have to be. If he is on the ground, he is a fish out of water, unless he has top control and he is smashing your head into the mat. Even still, No submission victories, and no BJJ is a problem. The question becomes, is this the fight that it will be an issue?)</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>THE VERDICT</strong></h2><p><strong>So, who wins this fight? In my opinion, it shouldn’t evenly be close. The Khalil Rountree that I saw in the Anders fight, is a level above anything I have ever seen from Ion Cutelaba. I think this move to Thailand for Rountree is the best thing he could have ever done for his career.</strong></p><p><strong>In the end I think Rountree will be too fast for Cutelaba. He should be able to dart in and out of range to avoid damage, and all he needs to do is connect one time and that should be all she wrote. The only chance that I see Cutelaba having in the end, is if he decides to go against the grain and successfully take Rountree to the ground. Why I have a hard time seeing that happening is because Cutelaba has shown himself to have some of the worst fight IQ in the division. I really like Rountree in this fight, and I will be on him strong. At (1.79) it’s a no brainer for me. Book It! </strong></p><p><strong>THE PICK</strong></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><strong><em>Khalil Rountree to win at (1.79) BET365</em></strong></a></p></div>
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