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UFC: Khalil Rountree Jr's BRUTAL oblique kick sparks debate over legality of the 'knee stomper' move

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Khalil Rountree Jr is slammed by UFC stars over his BRUTAL oblique kick on Modestas Bukauskas with fellow fighters calling for his ‘knee stomper’ technique to be banned… but American defends his use of the ‘great defensive move’

  • Khalil Rountree Jr beat Modestas Bukauskas on Saturday with an oblique kick
  • The move severely hurt the Lithuanian who now needs a MRI scan on his knee
  • The knee stomping action is one of UFC’s biggest controversies at the moment
  • UFC stars were split over whether the fierce kick should remain legal in the sport
  • Rountree and Bukauskas defended the former’s actions after the Las Vegas fight


UFC star Khalil Rountree Jr’s brutal knockout victory over Modestas Bukauskas has sparked a debate among the industry’s fighters over whether the oblique kick should remain legal.

The American MMA star beat light-heavyweight rival Bukauskas in their Saturday night UFC Vegas 36 clash, with Rountree performing the kick – also known as the knee stomper – to seal his second round victory in the octagon. 

Lithuanian fighter Bukauskas fell to the floor in agony and is now facing a MRI scan to determine the extent of the knee injury that brought about his defeat over the weekend.

Khalil Rountree Jr beat Modestas Bukauskas via an oblique kick at UFC Vegas 36 on Saturday

Khalil Rountree Jr beat Modestas Bukauskas via an oblique kick at UFC Vegas 36 on Saturday

Bukauskas was severely hurt by the'knee stomper' move and is now facing a MRI scan

Bukauskas was severely hurt by the ‘knee stomper’ move and is now facing a MRI scan

But some of UFC’s biggest stars have now questioned whether the oblique kick should be legal as it could potentially end many careers prematurely if it is continued to be accepted in the sport.

UFC Middleweight star Kevin Gastelum tweeted: ‘This strike should be illegal. It is a career ender. Who can we talk to about this? @ufc

‘This in now way is a knock on Rountree. His performance and execution was great to watch. But this strike should be addressed.’

Welterweight competitor Belal Muhammad added: ‘Ahhh that technique should be banned that’s career changing’

Several UFC fighters raised questions over whether the oblique kick should be banned by UFC

Several UFC fighters raised questions over whether the oblique kick should be banned by UFC

American heavyweight star Jamahal Hill himself posted: ‘That’s exactly why that s*** shouldn’t be allowed!!! Hoe s***!!! #UFCVegas36’

Another lightweight star Vinc Pichel claimed: ‘I don’t care if I’m unpopular for this but that bulls*** kick should be banned.’

Meanwhile, current UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling said: ‘Who wants to go into a fight, throw a jab, and get their entire knee destroyed… OUCH! OW! AHH! UGHH! That strike is a devastating one.’

The oblique kick is one of the most controversial moves in UFC. On one hand, the kick is a useful tactic to maintain a strong distance between one’s opponent, but it can cause serious damage to fighters’ knee, as seen on Saturday night. 

The oblique kick helps keep a distance between your opponent and is a defensive move

The oblique kick helps keep a distance between your opponent and is a defensive move

Bukauskas now faces an uncertain future in MMA with a MRI scan to determine his fate

Bukauskas now faces an uncertain future in MMA with a MRI scan to determine his fate

Both Rountree and Bukauskas have defended the former’s use of the move over the weekend, irrespective of the damage it caused. 

Rountree showed no remorse in an Instagram post on Sunday, where he showed a compilation of him using the kick with interview footage of him justifying his repeated use of the move. 

The American said in the video: ‘It’s a great technique, it keeps my opponent at bay. It’s a great option to move, a great defensive move.’ 

 Bukauskas also took to Twitter on Sunday defending Rountree over his in-fight actions, even though the Lithuanian faces a nervous wait over his UFC future. 

Rountree (right) showed no remorse after the fight, saying the move was a defensive action

Rountree (right) showed no remorse after the fight, saying the move was a defensive action

Both fighters and other UFC stars (above) defended Rountree's actions in the octagon

Both fighters and other UFC stars (above) defended Rountree’s actions in the octagon

A post on his Instagram story read: ‘Please give my opponent some slack, that kick was all good, it was my job to defend and I didn’t. Let the man enjoy his victory.’ 

Other UFC fighters backed the legality of the kick on social media over the weekend, even though they described it as ‘mean’ and ‘bad form’. 

Speaking about the kick, former UFC Top Ten Featherweight Nik Lentz posted: ‘Bad form. Def legal, but bad karma.’

Meanwhile, former two-time Unified MMA Heavyweight Championship Tanner Boser tweeted: ‘Also, I know I’m late here but Khalil Rountree jr is a mean motherf*****. That was f***** awesome. #UFCVegas36’

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