Ion Cutelaba, Khalil Rountree set to clash at UFC on ESPN+ 18 in Copenhagen

A pair of light heavyweight powerhouses are headed to Copenhagen.

Ion Cutelaba (14-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will take on Khalil Rountree (8-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC). UFC officials announced the booking Friday.

UFC on ESPN+ 18 takes place Sept. 28 at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. The entire card is expected to stream on ESPN+.

Cutelaba saw his momentum come to a halt when he was submitted by Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 8. Teixeira was able to weather the early storm and stop Cutelaba in the second. Eleven of Cutelaba’s 14 pro wins have come by way of knockout as he looks to deliver another finish.

Rountree is coming off one of the most complete and refined performances of his career when he defeated Eryk Anders via unanimous decision at UFC 236. He chopped Anders’ legs down and was able to drop him numerous times in a one-sided beatdown.

After suffering a first-round knockout loss to Johnny Walker prior to that, Rountree went to Thailand to work on his standup skills. He switched to a muay Thai stance, which paid dividends, putting on a striking masterclass.

The latest UFC on ESPN+ 18 lineup includes:

  • Thiago Alves vs. Gunnar Nelson
  • Macy Chiasson vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Khalil Rountree

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 18, check out the UFC schedule.

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