Khalil Rountree Religion: Is He Muslim Or Part Of A Cult?

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Is Khalil Muslim?: The name ‘Khalil’ alone is sufficient to confuse Khalil Rountree religion.

His religious belief got more traction when the UFC middleweight champion accused him of being a part of a “Cult,” causing a significant stir in the media.

Khalil Rountree The UFC Fighter
Khalil Rountree, The UFC Fighter (Source: Instagram)

Khalil Rountree Jr. was born on February 26, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, United States.

In 2014, Rountree made his professional debut as a light heavyweight with Resurrection Fighting Alliance, facing Livingston Lukow at RFA 15.

A year later, on April 10, he debuted against Cameron Olson at RFA 25 in the middleweight division.

Additionally, Khalil has competed in The Ultimate Fighter and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Furthermore, he has earned the Performance of the Night award four times and holds the third most knockouts and knockdowns in the history of the UFC.

What is Khalil Rountree Religion?

Khalil Rountree, born in America, hails from an African-American ethnic background.

Despite the name “Khalil” being predominantly associated with those who follow Islam, Khalil Rountree is not a Muslim.

Instead, Khalil Rountree adheres to Christianity as his religious belief.

However, controversy regarding Khalil Rountree’s alleged involvement in a cult became a significant topic of discussion following his win at UFC Vegas 78.

In the post-interview, Khalil faced questions about the dispute with Sean ‘Tarzan’ Strickland after defeating Chris Daukaus in the first round.

The issue began when Tarzan mocked Rountree for opening up about his mental health issues, referring to him as a “PC beta male” and a “special needs” person.

Khalil Post UFC Fight Interview
Khalil Post UFC Fight Interview (Source:

Playing it off, the light heavyweight feigned ignorance, stating he didn’t even know who the person was and questioned why the media asked him about the individual.

However, Sean Strickland took issue with it and claimed that Rountree is part of the ChoiceCenter Leadership University, which Strickland labeled as a cult.

Additionally, Sean stated that MMA-verse needed to help him “rescue Roundtree” from the university, referring to Rountree as “Roundtree.”

Rountree completely ignored what Sean said about him and refused to engage with Strickland, expressing hope that the latter would “learn to be a better person.”

Rountree’s Father Death: Reason Behind His Demise

When Khalil was two years old, his father, Khalil Sr., passed away, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their mother.

His father lived a pleased and respected life throughout his entire career as a manager for a musical group.

Furthermore, Khalil’s mother always informed him that his father had passed away from an illness, a fact that didn’t significantly impact Khalil as he grew up.

However, when Rountree was around 13 years old, his mother disclosed to him the actual reason for his father’s death.

Khalil Rountree Sr. With Boyz II Men Member
Khalil Rountree Sr. With Boyz II Men Member (Source: talkSPORT)

Khalil Rountree Sr. lost his life in a fatal shooting during an armed robbery while serving as a road manager for the highly successful R&B group Boyz II Men.

It took a little time for him to process, but the news didn’t come as a big shock.

Instead, the incident changed his perspective and propelled him to be a better person and man.

Rosy Panta
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