Kickboxing veteran Gokhan Saki makes his official UFC this coming Saturday in Japan.
UFC Fight Night 117 is held on September 23 at Saitama Super Arena. The event features eleven bouts with a light heavyweight clash between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami in the headliner of the show.
The main event was previously expected to see a rematch between Saint Preux and former champion in the division Mauricio Rua, however the latter was forced to pull out due to knee injury.
“The Turkish Tyson” Gokhan Saki (Kickboxing 83-12-0, 1 NC, 59 KO; MMA 0-1) makes his highly anticipated UFC debut battling out in the main card. His opponent is Brazilian Henrique da Silva (12–3). The pair meets in a three-round light heavyweight encounter.
Inside the square circle Saki’s resume includes the victories against the likes of Daniel Ghita, Melvin Manhoef, Tyrone Spong, Nathan Corbett, among others. He is known for his power and speed, arguably being the fastest heavyweight kickboxer of all time.
On Tuesday Saki tweeted a new reel that shows some of his highlight moments in kickboxing. “I’m ready. Are you?” he wrote in the caption.
— Gokhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) September 19, 2017
Da Silva is coming off three defeats suffered against Ion Cutelaba, Jordan Johnson and Paul Craig. Before that he was riding a 12-fight winning streak. The bout against Saki is his sixth contest in the UFC.
A complete UFC Fight Night 117 fight card can be found below
Main Card on FXX
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami
Women’s Strawweight Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade
Lightweight Takanori Gomi vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Light Heavyweight Gökhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva
Featherweight Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy
Featherweight Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
Preliminary Card on FXX
Welterweight Keita Nakamura vs. Alex Morono
Flyweight Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
Women’s Strawweight Syuri Kondo vs. Chan-Mi Jeon
Welterweight Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass
Welterweight Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim