WATCH: Khalil Rountree TKOs Modestas Bukauskas with nasty kick to knee at UFC Vegas 36

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Jul 7, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Khalil Rountree (blue gloves) celebrates beating Gokhan Saki (red gloves) during UFC 226 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Vegas 36 was a successful night at the office for Khalil Rountree and one that may have long-term negative ramifications for opponent Modestas Bukauskas.

The light heavyweight bout between Rountree and Bukauskas had the potential to be action-packed, however, the American came out fast and aggressive and made the early goings one-sided. In the first round, “The War Horse” unloaded on the Lithuanian-Englishman with big strikes and broke Bukauskas’ nose. Setting it in a mangled position for the rest of the round.

Khalil Rountree TKOs Modestas Bukauskas with ligament tearing kick

Despite the onslaught, “The Baltic Gladiator” weathered the storm and was able to slowly get back into the fight as Rountree started to slow down. By the second round, the bout was getting more competitive as Rountree stalked and Bukauskas tried to stick and move. However, Rountree stuck his opponent with a nasty front kick to the knee and Bukauskas stopped moving after that.

The strike forced the 27-year-old to scream out in pain and grab his knee. Forcing the referee to immediately jump in and stop the fight at 2:30 in the second round. During the post-fight interview, UFC analyst Michael Bisping mentioned that the Octagon-side doctor felt Bukauskas’ MCL, ACL, and PCL were all likely damaged from the fight-ending strike.

Rountree’s successful performance in a must-win fight ends a two-bout losing streak and is his first stoppage victory since 2018.

The defeat moves Bukauskas to 1-3 inside the Octagon and puts the former Cage Warriors champion’s spot on the roster in serious danger.

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