Former Glory world champion, Gokhan Saki, is rumoured to have signed a four-fight contract with the UFC.
News has been leaking from the Asian continent that exciting Kickboxer and former world champion, Gokhan Saki, has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC.
It was first reported by One commentator and MMA presenter, Ali Mokdad, who is based in Dubai, where Saki is currently training.
His tweet has since been deleted but MMAToday has confirmed the news of the signing.
The Turkish-Dutch fighter, Saki, has quick hands, nice shot selection and nasty low kicks. He’s a wonderful striker to watch and he’s as fluid as he is powerful.
Through his year’s Kickboxing, he has fluctuated between both Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight divisions, having success in both. He won the inaugural Glory Light Heavyweight championship back in 2014 before vacating it the following year after contract disputes.
His accolades in Kickboxing go back as far as 2002 and include but aren’t limited to Dutch, European and World titles in Muay Thai, several placements in K-1 Grand Prix tournaments and a 2014 Kickboxing Planet Kickboxer of the year award.
Saki currently sports a 83-12 record in Kickboxing and has wins over Ray Sefo, Melvin Manhoef, Daniel Ghita and Tyrone Spong.
Just what division Saki plans on competing in will be up for debate as he’s a very small Heavyweight and not the largest Light Heavyweight, either. Safe bets would be Light Heavyweight and potentially Middleweight if he can manage his weight effectively. The former is the likely one though.
Back in 2004, Saki had a short-lived and unsuccessful attempt at MMA, losing to James Zikic. He was still young and very inexperienced in regards to MMA training at that stage of his career. Now, thirteen years later, he has experience from working with MMA coaches as he previously trained at Blackzilians. He currently trains at TKMMA in Dubai, UAE, with one of the countries MMA pioneers, Tam Khan.
Here’s a preview of what the man is capable of in striking. One can only hope it translates into the Octagon. Enjoy.
While it would have been nice had he cut his teeth on the regional circuit first, I won’t complain when an elite athlete is signed, especially to what is currently a diminishing division. With the right career trajectory from the matchmaker, Saki could do well. Without it, it may be a hard fall.