UFC Signs Former Glory, K-1 Kickboxing Champ Gokhan Saki to Compete at Light Heavyweight

By Tristen Critchfield May 25, 2017
The UFC has signed multi-time kickboxing world champion Gokhan Saki to a contract to compete in the light heavyweight division.

A date and opponent for Saki’s Octagon debut have not been determined, but he hopes to fight on the UFC Fight Night card in Rotterdam on Sept. 2, according to UFC.com.

“I’m glad I finally can announce that I have signed an exclusive long-term contract with the UFC,” Saki wrote on Facebook. “The best investment the UFC has made since Conor McGregor. Soon I will show everybody what Turkey and U.A.E. bring to the table.”

Saki has one mixed martial arts bout on his record, a technical knockout loss to James Zikic at Cage Fighting Championships 1 “Cage Carnage” in Liverpool, England on July 11, 2004. However, the 33-year-old has compiled an 83-12 record with one no contest in the kickboxing realm, winning titles in Glory and K-1. “The Rebel” owns victories over the likes of Tyrone Spong, Melvin Manhoef, Daniel Ghita and Ray Sefo under kickboxing rules.

Saki also confirmed in a lengthy statement why he left Glory and signed what he called a “retirement contract.” His full statement can be read below:


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