Site Network:


An announcement by the world’s premier MMA organization, UFC has it that Gokhan Saki, the Dutch-Turkish kickboxing superstar would be joining its ranks with a return to the MMA competition.

This was after Saki who is known in the fight world as The Rebel has been away for almost two years from competitive fighting.

On a post from his Twitter account made on May 25th, the fighter announced his surprise signing to the UFC. UFC also went ahead confirming the news on its Twitter account as well as on its website.

Although without so much in his MMA credentials, Saki represents the biggest name signed so far by the UFC in quite some time. The fighter has faced and come off victorious against some of the best fighters in kickboxing like Tyrone Spong,Rico Verhoeven, Alistair Overeem, Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Ray Sefo, Daniel Ghita and a few others.

This would not be his first foray into the MMA world aside kickboxing as he holds a 0-1 record after a TKO loss back in 2004 against James Zikic, a London Shootfighters product.
For a solid decade now,Saki has been fighting at a high level which has seen him place 3rd in K-1 World Grand Prix events in 2008 and 2010, as well as their heavyweight tournaments.

In 2008, he won the K-1 Grand Prix in Hawaii. Saki went on to become the inaugural Glory light heavyweight champion at Glory 15 in Istanbul.

At the GFC Fight Series 3 held in Dubai, he took one more kickboxing fight which saw him come off victorious against Sebastian Ciobanu under the Global Fighting Championship.

The UFC Rotterdam will hold at the Ahoy Rotterdam arena in the Netherlands and there is yet no news on whom Saki might face at the event.