Gokhan Saki explains reason for UFC 219 withdrawal

Dann StuppBased on a hospital-bed picture, Gokhan Saki remains in good spirits despite his recent removal from next month’s UFC 219 card.

As reported earlier today, Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was recently removed from his bout with light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who now fights replacement and promotional newcomer Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

According to Saki, an injury during a training session eventually forced him to the hospital, though he didn’t include details about the injury (via Instagram):

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“As has been announced everywhere, i’m not fighting on the UFC 219 card. I wanted to announce this myself but i needed some time to recover mentally from this bad news. I got injured during a training and went to the hospital for this. My team and management took the decision with the medical team that i needed treatment and i have to think of my health first. I didn’t want to accept this but i’m glad i have the right people around me. It felt like i let my fans and supporters down, i was really looking forward to this fight. So the bad news was a bitter pil to swallow. But this is top sports and injuries are unfortunately a part of it. I’m recovering now and will be back in training soon. I want to thank my opponent Khalil for preparing for me and i wish him best of luck on December 30th. I want to thank all my fans/supporters for their great messages and i promise you 2018 i will give you KNOCK-OUTS! One knee, no knee, i will be there violently!!!!”

Saki, a 33-year-old Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, returned to MMA for the first time in 13 years in September at UFC Fight Night 117, where he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. The victory earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus and resulted in a memorable post-fight interview.

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Here's the latest 'UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm' fight card, and Gokhan Saki is no longer on it

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With a headliner and co-headliner now set, the lineup is nearly full for next week’s year-ending UFC 219 event.

“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

As previously announced, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) looks for her first UFC title defense when she takes on former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the headliner.

Additionally, in the co-headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC), who’s No. 4 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, takes on No. 6-ranked Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC).

The bout could be a title-eliminator, though reigning champ Conor McGregor’s return to the cage appears uncertain.

However, one change to the UFC 219 card was confirmed on Tuesday. Although quickly booked for his second UFC fight after a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva in his promotional debut, light heavyweight Gokhan Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is no longer part of UFC 219. Instead, with the kickboxer injured, his scheduled UFC 219 opponent, Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), instead will fight replacement Michal Oleksiejczuk (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Oleksiejczuk, a 22-year-old promotional newcomer from Poland, is riding a nine-fight winning streak that includes seven knockouts and one submission victory. “The Ultimate Fighter 23” runner-up Rountree, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.

The latest UFC 219 card includes:

  • Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title
  • Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • John Lineker vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker
  • Emil Meek vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Gokhan Saki quickly booked again, meets Khalil Rountree at UFC 219

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UFC matchmakers wasted no time booking Gokhan Saki for his second bout.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 219, officials today announced.

UFC 219 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Saki, a 33-year-old Dutch-Turkish kickboxer, returned to MMA for the first time in 13 years this past month at UFC Fight Night 117, where he scored a blistering first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. The victory earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus and resulted in a memorable post-fight interview.

He now meets Rountree, who was a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 23” and started his UFC career with losses to Andrew Sanchez and Tyson Pedro. However, the 27-year-old has since rebounded with back-to-back first-round knockouts of Daniel Jolly and Paul Craig.

With the addition, the UFC 219 lineup now includes:

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
  • Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki

For more on UFC 219, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for 'OSP,' Andrade and UFC Fight Night 117's other winning fighters?

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The UFC’s latest event in Japan was arguably the weakest of all on paper, but in practice, it produced some solid action, with four of six fights on the FXX-televised main card ending inside the distance.

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) once again pulled off his signature submission in the light heavyweight main event, which took place at Saitama Super Arena. “OSP” put away late-notice replacement Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with a Von Flue choke submission in the first round to give him consecutive wins for the first time in more than two years.

The remainder of the lineup included a statement performance from former strawweight title challenger Jessica Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) as well as victories by ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Gokhan Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) and Jussier Formiga (20-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 117’s winning fighters.

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Ben Nguyen

Jussier Formiga

Should fight: Ben Nguyen
Why they should fight: Formiga put on one of the finest performances of his UFC career when he went into Ulka Sasaki’s home country and earned a submission in the opening round of the flyweight fight.

Formiga has been part of the UFC’s 125-pound since its inception, and despite being ranked in or around the top-five for the entire time, he’s one of the few contenders that’s yet to get a shot at champion Demetrious Johnson.

The win over Sasaki isn’t going to get the Brazilian his long-awaited title shot, but it moves him in the right direction. Formiga needs to string together a few in a row against relevant names. A matchup with Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who is on a nice run of his own, would be a perfect next step.

Godofredo Pepey

Teruto Ishihara

Should fight: Godofredo Pepey
Why they should fight: After losing back-to-back fights, Ishihara got back on track with a solid unanimous decision win against lesser-known Ronaldo Dy.

Ishihara’s personality has gained him a lot of traction, but his past two performances, which were close decision losses to Gray Maynard and Artem Lobov, took some of his luster away. The step back in competition was just what he needed, and it led Ishihara to a win.

At this point Ishihara hasn’t proven himself as much more than an action fighter in the featherweight division. Fortunately for him there’s many others in his weight class who fit the same role. Pepey (13-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) may be coming off a loss, but there’s no doubt the feisty Brazilian would give Ishihara a scrap.

Steve Bosse

Gokhan Saki

Should fight: Steve Bosse
Why they should fight: The much-anticipated debut of former kickboxing champion Saki went about as good as possible when he styled out on Henrique da Silva for a first-round knockout courtesy of his left hand.

Saki competed in one MMA fight back in 2004, but since then has gone through an extraordinary combat sports journey. After a decorated career in kickboxing, he decided to test his chops in the UFC light heavyweight division with minimal MMA experience. He passed his first test, but it’s not going to get any easier going forward.

“The Rebel” clearly has terrifying striking, but the big test will be when someone can put him in a compromising position on the ground. It would be best to avoid that as long as possible, though, so he should get another matchup with a striking-based opponent. Bosse (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), the former hockey enforcer turned MMA slugger, would almost certainly be willing to stand toe-to-toe with “The Rebel.”

Scott Holtzman

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

Should fight: Scott Holtzman
Why they should fight: Although Takanori Gomi is a diminished version of what he once was, “Maestro” Kim added the most noteworthy victory of his career so far to his resume when he defeated the former PRIDE FC lightweight champion by TKO in just 90 seconds.

Kim handed Gomi his fifth consecutive loss, and likely ended his UFC career, with a solid performance which put him back on even ground when it comes to his UFC record (2-2). He may lack the skills of a top 155-pound fighter, but, the South Korean has proven to be an exciting competitor each time he steps in the octagon. The UFC embraces that, and a matchup with Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) would bring out the best in Kim’s skillset.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Jessica Andrade

Should fight: Winner of Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118
Why they should fight: Andrade rebounded from her title-fight loss to Joanna Jedrzejczyk earlier this year with arguably the biggest victory of her career against Claudia Gadelha.

Andrade became the first fighter outside of Jedrzejczyk to defeat her fellow Brazilian, scoring a one-sided unanimous decision win in the crucial women’s strawweight co-headliner. She put herself right back near the top of the totem pole in the 115-pound pecking order, but considering the recent and, more importantly, lopsided nature of her defeat to Jedrzejczyk, she’s going to need to do more before another crack at the gold comes her way.

It’s clear Andrade isn’t going to be an easy out for anyone in her weight class. Her primary goal is to take out any contender willing to sign a contract to face her, and her wish for the winner of the UFC Fight Night 118 between Kowalkiewicz (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Esquibel (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who meet on Oct. 21 in Poland, is quite realistic.

Ovince Saint Preux

Should fight: Mauricio Rua
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Saint Preux should rebook his rematch with Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117 post-event facts: How Saint Preux-Okami fight was a rarity in history

The UFC’s return to Japan was Friday with UFC Fight Night 117, which took place at Saitama Super Arena and aired on FXX.

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) capped off the card with a historic submission in the light heavyweight main event, submitting Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with just the fifth Von Flue choke in UFC history.

Saint Preux was one of multiple fighters who earned a big win at an event with some worthwhile footnotes. For more on the numbers behind the last of four UFC events in September, check below for 50 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 117.

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General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $107,500.

Debuting fighters went 1-2.

Saint Preux, Gokhan Saki, Jessica Andrade, Claudia Gadelha earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 117 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 117 drew an announced attendance of 8,571, the lowest of the promotion’s five events at Saitama Super Arena. No live gate was announce for the event.

Betting favorites went 6-3 on the card. One fight had even odds.

Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:42:35.

Main card

Saint Preux vs. Okami was just the second fight in UFC history to feature zero combined significant strike attempts. Ilir Latifi vs. Cyrille Diabate at UFC on FUEL TV 6 was the other.

Saint Preux competed in his fifth UFC main event. He’s 1-3 in previous headliners.

Saint Preux has earned 16 of his 21 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins.

Saint Preux’s seven stoppage victories since 2013 in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in the company behind Donald Cerrone (nine), Max Holloway (eight) and Derrick Lewis (eight).

Saint Preux’s nine victories since 2013 in UFC light heavyweight competition are the most in the division.

Saint Preux earned his third Von Flue choke submission in UFC competition, the most in UFC history.

Saint Preux has earned three of the five Von Flue choke submissions in UFC history. Jason Von Flue and Jordan Rinaldi also accomplished the feat.

Saint Preux’s two technical submission victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Frank Mir (three).

Okami was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC. He hasn’t earned a first victory with the promotion since March 2013.

Okami was unsuccessful in his UFC light-heavyweight debut.

Okami fell to 5-3 since his initial UFC release in late 2013.

Okami fell to 0-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in September 2017.

Okami suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Andrade’s (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) eight UFC victories ties for the most by any female in promotional history.

Andrade improved to 4-1 since she dropped to the UFC strawweight division in June 2016.

Andrade landed 242 total strikes, the most in a UFC strawweight fight.

Andrade has earned five of her eight UFC victories by decision.

Gadelha (15-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by decision.

Gadelha failed to complete a takedown for the first time in her UFC career.

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) improved to 2-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June.

Kim has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Takanori Gomi (35-14 MMA, 4-9 UFC) suffered his fifth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He’s suffered all five losses by first-round stoppage in a total fight time of 9:09.

Gomi fell to 1-6 in his past seven fights overall and hasn’t earned a victory since April 2014.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was successful in his return to MMA competition after more than 13 years.

Saki earned the first victory of his MMA career.

Henrique da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since October 2016.

Da Silva has suffered three of his four career losses by stoppage.

Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) earned his first decision victory since his MMA debut on April 3, 2011 – a span of 2,364 days (more than six years) and 15 fights.

Ishihara’s six knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (nine) and Max Holloway (eight).

Rolando Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered four of his six career losses by decision.

Jussier Formiga (20-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) six victories in UFC flyweight competition re tied for third most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Formiga’s two submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Johnson (three) and John Moraga (three).

Formiga has earned all of his career stoppage victories by submission.

Formiga has earned both of his UFC stoppage victories by submission.

Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016.

Sasaki has suffered three of his four UFC losses by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) earned his first decision victory since May 18, 2012 – a span of 1,953 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Syuri Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by decision.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting her career on a five-fight winning streak.

Jeon has suffered both of her career losses by decision.

Luke Juneau (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Hyun Gyu Lim’s (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since September 2014.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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'Turkish Mike Tyson'? Gokhan Saki sounds more like Turkish Conor McGregor after UFC debut

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SAITAMA, Japan – Some fight fans call Gokhan Saki the “Turkish Mike Tyson,” but the newly minted UFC light heavyweight spoke a lot more like Conor McGregor after a successful octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 117.

“I stopped for two-and-a-half years, and I’m not back just to take part in the UFC and tell people I’m a UFC fighter,” Saki told reporters after his thrilling first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva. “I’m here to take over.”

The UFC lightweight champ – owner of that famous slogan – would be proud. But really, what more can you say if you’re Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who chose to come out of retirement to fight in a mostly unfamiliar sport? Why would you want to do anything less than see how far you could go?

“I’m here to knock people out,” Saki continued at at Saitama Super Arena, which hosted the FXX-televised event. “This is what I’m missing in my life. That’s why I’m here. I’m ready for any fight.”

Saki could have returned to kickboxing, where he’d held a Glory title until the promotion stripped him for inactivity. A banger like him would never struggle to find work, and yet he decided to give this MMA thing a try, risking another embarrassment like the one he suffered when he stepped into the cage in 2004.

Just a few minutes into his first MMA fight in 13 years, it became very apparent that Saki had a lot of work to do on his cage conditioning, which is an entirely different thing compared to kickboxing. Da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) surged back and looked like he might have a high profile upset on his hands.

That is, until Saki’s left arced to his jaw and laid him out on the mat.

“When you get hit, that’s not a good feeling,” Saki said. “But when I get hit, I love to give two or three back. That was the situation today.”

As it turned out, Saki only trained twice a week for three months, so he was worried that his sudden return to combat sports would break his body. He didn’t even spar with MMA gloves.

“I didn’t train that much, because I was scared to get injuries,” Saki said. “So I took everything slowly.”

Going forward, he said, that’s going to change. Those small gloves will go on for his training camps. He’ll use headgear. He’ll keep wrestling, which paid huge dividends when Silva tried to take him down.

At 33, Saki has a good chance to make a run in the light heavyweight division, which has suffered from a rapidly aging group for several years. He welcomes any opponent the UFC might have.

And, he’s got a message.

“Be ready, mother(expletive),” Saki said. “I’m coming. I’m here. Today was a good test for me; it was a good fight.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Dana White clowns anyone who thinks Gokhan Saki's UFC debut win was stopped early

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Gokhan Saki’s UFC debut largely lived up to the hype. Some folks complained his first-round knockout of Henrique da Silva was stopped early, but UFC President Dana White is not among them.

After a wild few minutes of action in the light heavyweight division at UFC Fight Night 117 on Friday, Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) dropped da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) with a massive left hand in his first MMA fight since 2004.

Before Saki could step in for any follow-up shots, the referee jumped between the fighters and waved off the contest, giving Saki the first-round knockout in the FXX-televised bout at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Da Silva momentarily protested the stoppage, and a number of fellow fighters voiced on Twitter they also thought it should have gone longer. White saw no controversy, though, and said anyone who did should avoid a career as a referee (via Instagram):

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Anyone who thinks that’s a bad stoppage PLEASE don’t ever apply to be refs!!!!!! 😳😳😳

On top of White’s opinion, Saki said at UFC Fight Night 117’s post-fight news conference that he thought the referee did his job effectively.

“I’m not the referee,” Saki told MMAjunkie. “I think the referee did a good job, because I hit him many times, and the referee say a couple of times, ‘Fight back.’ He was trying to fight back, but I think I hit him at least 10 times hard, and they need to protect the fighters also. This is a feeling, instinct from the referee. What can we say? I’m a fighter, I’m happy they stopped the fight. I win the fight. Sorry for da Silva if it’s not the right thing, but I think the referee did a good job.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14.5 million

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SAITAMA – Fighters from Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $107,500.

UFC Fight Night 117 took place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The card aired on FXX.

Leading the way were the two event headliners. Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) each received $15,000 for their main event bout, which Saint Preux won by first-round submission.

The full UFC Fight Night 117 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000
def. Yushin Okami: $15,000

Jessica Andrade: $10,000
def. Claudia Gadelha: $5,000

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $2,500
def. Takanori Gomi: $10,000

Gokhan Saki: $2,500
def. Henrique da Silva: $5,000

Teruto Ishihara: $5,000
def. Ronaldo Dy: $2,500

Jussier Formiga: $5,000
def. Ulka Sasaki: $5,000

Keita Nakamura: $5,000
def. Alex Morono: $2,500

Syuri Kondo: $2,500
def. Chan-Mi Jeon: $2,500

Shinsho Anzai: $2,500
def. Luke Jumeau: $2,500

Daichi Abe: $2,500
def. Hyun Gyu Lim: $5,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $4,250,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,573,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 117, where Limp Bizkit still was a thing

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While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Saitama, Japan, went with as their backing tracks.

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Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami via technical submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 1:50

Ovince Saint Preux: “Push It” by Rick Ross

Yushin Okami: “Rising” by Yoshida Brothers

Jessica Andrade def. Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

Claudia Gadelha: “Best is Yet to Come” by LuvBug

Jessica Andrade: “Cha-La Head Cha-La” (“Dragonball Z” theme) by Hironobu Kageyama

“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:30

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: “You & Me (Flume Remix)” by Disclosure

Takanori Gomi: “Scream the Life” by DJ Baku feat. Kyono

Gokhan Saki def. Henrique da Silva via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:45

Gokhan Saki: “Ambitionz az a Ridah” by Tupac

Henrique da Silva: “Satisfacao Sou Franktain” by Marley Stazzy

Teruto Ishihara def. Rolando Dy via via unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 29-27)

Teruto Ishihara: “Lion No Ko (Yashabo Version)” by Spinna B-ill

Ronaldo Dy: “Tibay” by Quest

Jussier Formiga def. Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:30

Jussier Formiga: “O Hino” by Fernandinho

Ulka Sasaki: “Messa da Requiem: II Dies Irae” by Weiner Singverein, Berlin Philharmonic & Herbert Von Karajan

Keita Nakamura def. Alex Morono via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Keita Nakamura: “Monster” by Osuman feat. Rino Latina II

Alex Morono: “War of the Gods” by Amon Amarth

Syuri Kondo def. Chan-Mi Jeon via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Syuri Kondo: “Theme of Sakura” (“Street Fighter IV” soundtrack) by Hideyuki Fukasawa

Chan-Mi Jeon: “Victory” by Yolanda Adams

Shinsho Anzai def. Luke Jumeau via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Shinsho Anzai: “Rollin’” by Limp Bizkit

Luke Jumeau: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio

Daichi Abe def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Daichi Abe: “He’s a Pirate” by Klaus Badelt

Hyun Gyu Lim: “Search” by Hangzoo & Young B

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 117 video highlights: Gokhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva

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After two and a half years away from kickboxing, and more than 13 years removed from his lone MMA fight, Gokhan Saki picked up a highlight reel in his return.

Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knocked out Henrique da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) with a massive left hand with 15 seconds left in the first round – just when it looked like he had faded from a fast start and was on the ropes.

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 117 event at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It aired on FXX following prelims on the same channel.

Check out the highlights above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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