Whereas the world of MMA is undoubtedly ready for the return of Conor McGregor with bated breath, there are many attention-grabbing fights and characters to be careful for at UFC 257.
Maybe none extra so than Khalil Rountree Jr, who faces Marcin Prachnio within the opening battle of the evening on the Etihad Enviornment.
Whereas the sunshine heavyweight bout could not present as a lot pleasure as the principle occasion or the co-main occasion, Rountree is probably fortunate to even be within the UFC.
‘The Work Horse’ isn’t just a moniker for Rountree, who used to go to mattress at 19 as a quick meals and junk meals addict and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.
At the same time as a young person who weighed 305lbs, he was not sure he would ever get up in any respect.
“I used to be a whole mess,” Rountree advised Yahoo Sports activities. “I didn’t eat greens in any respect.
“I might smoke two packs of cigarettes a day on high of gorging on quick meals. Every single day, I’d drink a litre or two of Dr. Pepper. I used to be doing nothing good for myself well being clever.
“I felt I used to be going to die in my sleep. It’s actually unusual when you’ve got a 19-year-old who believes he could by no means get up as soon as he goes to sleep, however that’s the place I used to be.”
His spiral into bingeing on foods and drinks was not born out of indolence or pure gluttony – the homicide of his father on the age of two undoubtedly performed an enormous half.
Roderick Rountree was the highway supervisor for multi-Grammy award successful group Boyz II Males, who was tragically murdered in Could 1992 after being shot a number of occasions within the head.
Though Khalil doesn’t bear in mind a lot of his father, the ache of dropping a cherished one undoubtedly had an impact on the introverted teenager.
Nevertheless, when he started to observe ‘The Final Fighter’, he satisfied himself that was his objective in life and set about altering his life.
“I used to journey round with bands and promote their merchandise on tour,” he advised the BBC MMA Present. “I wasn’t actually chasing my dream.
“I used to be simply attempting to assist somebody chase their very own. I all the time thought I had extra in me than simply promoting garments and packing the van.”
He continues: “The way in which I obtained into preventing was that my brother was coaching in MMA, and he’d been desirous to introduce me to his new pastime, so I joined the fitness center with him as a result of, on the time, I used to be 300 kilos.
“So I simply joined the fitness center and located that I had a hidden love for preventing and a love for coaching and it simply occurred accidentally – simply because I wished to lose a couple of kilos.”
Rountree is 8-Four in his MMA profession and suffered a loss to Ion Cutelaba in his final outing again in September 2019.
Having narrowly made weight for UFC 257, ‘The Work Horse’ is prepared and raring once more to placed on a present.