Gokhan Saki is no longer a member of the UFC.
Saki entered the UFC in 2017 despite being 0-1 in MMA as he lost his pro debut to James Zikic in 2004. However, Saki was a decorated kickboxer and someone many wanted to see how he would do in MMA. In his UFC debut, he scored a KO win over Henrique da Sliva. He then returned at UFC 226 but suffered a first-round TKO loss to Khalil Rountree.
Since the loss, Saki has not fought and many wondered if he would make the walk to the Octagon again. However, that will no longer be the case as Saki was released from the promotion, Beyond Kickboxing reported.
Kickboxing legend Gökhan Saki has been released by the UFC.
What's next for him? pic.twitter.com/9CEHYs9mdo
— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) February 8, 2021
Gokhan Saki seemingly confirmed the news as he sent two posts on his Instagram asking fans who they want to see him fight next and was in boxing gloves saying next move.
Which fighter would you like me to fight next? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/65zWYOyo1Y
— Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) February 4, 2021
Ready to go. Name them and I’ll give you a show 😉 pic.twitter.com/hResggu1Gs
— Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) February 6, 2021
Next Move ♟ pic.twitter.com/MNNozLD61b
— Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) February 7, 2021
In June of 2020, Gokhan Saki took to social media to say he underwent surgery and was hoping to return soon, but when he returns it will be in kickboxing.
“Update for my followers,” Saki wrote. “After a year of pain and injections in my elbows, they found out that in both elbows I have fractured pieces that caused pain and inflammations. My first surgery is done and it went (well). Second to come. Within a few weeks, I can resume the training hopefully without any pain and obstacles. For every level, there is another devil, that’s life. But remember the darker the night, the brighter the morning, so we never ever give up. Keep you guys posted. Thank you all.”
In kickboxing, Gokhan Saki is a legend of the sport and holds notable wins over Tyrone Sprong, Melvin Manhoef, Ray Sefo, and Harry Hooft. He also fought Rico Verhoeven and lost a majority decision.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime