Ex-Kickboxing Star Gokhan Saki Out of Sophomore Octagon Appearance at UFC 219

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 29, 2017
Gokhan Saki will not be making his second Octagon foray at UFC 219.

The former Glory and K-1 kickboxing world champion has withdrawn from a scheduled light heavyweight clash with Khalil Rountree for undisclosed reasons. As a result, the promotion has confirmed that Rountree will remain on the card against Michal Oleksiejczuk.

UFC 219 takes place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features a women’s featherweight title bout pitting reigning champion Cristiane Justino against Holly Holm. The evening’s main card is available on pay-per-view, with prelims likely airing on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Saki was successful in his Octagon debut, as he scored a knockout of Henrique da Silva 4:45 into the opening stanza at UFC Fight Night 117 on Sept. 22. “The Rebel” compiled an 83-12 mark in the kickboxing realm that included wins over the likes of Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Melvin Manhoef and Ray Sefo.

Rountree is coming off back-to-back first-round knockouts of Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly in his last two UFC appearances. The 22-year-old Oleksiejczuk enters his promotional debut on a nine-fight winning streak and owns a 12-2 professional mark overall.

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