- Name: Gökhan Saki
- MMA Record: 1-1-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: The Rebel
- Current Streak: 1 Win
- Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1983.10.19
- Last Fight: September 22, 2017 in UFC
- Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
- Affiliation: N/A
- Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 73.0" (185cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $50,000 USD
- Born: Schiedam, Netherlands
- Fighting out of: Turkey
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Gökhan Saki MMA Fight Record
|Confirmed Upcoming Bout||
UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier
|Cancelled Bout||Khalil Rountree||UFC 219||2017.12.30|
|Reason: Saki Knee Injury|
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:45 Round 1 of 3
Luis Henrique da Silva
UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Okami
|Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Greg Kleynjans|
UFC Fight Night 117 Performance of the Night
|Loss | KO/TKO||
United Kingdom Regional
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With a remarkable striking career spanning 3 decades, Saki started off fighting under Muay Thai and Kickboxing rules, as a Welterweight and Middleweight, but would bump up to Light-Heavyweight and Heavy-weight later on in his career.
Despite often being classed as undersized for the upper weights, he would take on some of the greatest full strikers of an era, Including Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Badr Hari(2x), Remy Bonjasky and Pavel Zhuravlev, and earning big wins over fighters like Tyrone Spong(2x), Nathan Corbett, Ray Sefo, Alexey Ignashov, Daniel Ghiţă(2x), Henri Hooft, Paul Slowinski, Carter Williams, Anderson Silva, Mourad Bouzidi, Melvin Manhoef, Freddy Kemayo and many more.
Over the years he has trained at many gyms including the renowned Cor hemmer's 'Golden Glory' gym, 'Mike's Gym', 'SuperPro Gym' and in Thailand. He credits Jan Pasztjerik, his initial trainer, as the person who most helped him develop and progress successfully as a fighter. Jan still runs his own gym 'Sportschool Pasztjerik', in Schiedam.
Although being a striking specialist, Saki has found the time over the years to work on elements of his grappling, at 'Golden Glory' gym, the gym's roster included many MMA fighters he was able to work with, including Alistair Overeem and Sergei Kharitonov. He has also trained in grappling with fighters from 'Tatsujin Dojo', like Marloes Coenan. In preparation for his UFC debut, his training camp involved working with Turkish and Iranian national-level wrestlers, and Jiu-Jitsu specialists.
In 2015, he retired from professional striking to focus more on a run in MMA. In pro Kickboxing/Muay Thai he went 83 - 10 - 1, with an impressive 59 victories by tko/ko, and also 9 losses by tko/ko, in what is perhaps always living up to his reputation as a kill or be killed fighter, and a crowd favorite.
He was born and raised in Schiedam, Netherlands, the son of Turkish immigrants from the Selim district in Kaars province. He started playing soccer and kickboxing when he was 10. He would prove succesful in soccer where he eventually received offers from big name Dutch soccer clubs to join their talent program.
At 16 however, he stopped playing soccer competitivley to focus on martial arts fulltime. He first started on the Dutch Muay Thai circuits fighting in 30+ bouts under those rules, becoming a Dutch, European and World champion within 3 years of active competition. He would bulk up in weight eventually, and begin competing under K1-rules fights.
Over the years he competed in many 1 night tournaments, often fighting 3 times back to back and fought in many promotions including 'K1', 'Its Showtime' and 'Glory Kickboxing'.
A long list of his achievments include 'Glory Kickboxing Light-Heavyweight Champion"(inaugral), '2010 K1 World Grand Prix' 3rd place, and '2008 K1 World Grand Prix' 3rd place.