UFC Fight Night 117 medical suspensions: No tapping gets Yushin Okami 45 days

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UFC veteran Yushin Okami didn’t appear to have much choice in the matter, but his lack of tap against Ovince Saint Preux brings a 45-day suspension.

The UFC has released medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 117 to Association of Boxing Commissions record keeper mixedmartialarts.com, which forwarded them to MMAjunkie.

UFC Fight Night 117 took place this past Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event’s main card and prelims aired live on FXX.

According to the notes describing the medical suspensions, Okami’s (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) term is “due to no tap on choke.” The Japanese fighter was put to sleep by Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5) in the first round with a Von Flue choke, the third such finish for Saint Preux.

All fighters on the card received a mandatory 7-day suspension, though several were given longer terms for more serious injuries. Daichi Abe (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Hyun Gyu Lim (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who led off the card with a spirited three-round fight, both wound up with 180-day suspensions for various injuries.

The list of suspensions longer than the mandatory minimum include:

  • Yushin Okami: Suspended 45 days due to no tap on choke, leaving him unconscious, with 30 days no contact.
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for forehead laceration.
  • Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 45 days for right eyebrow laceration; head CT scan was negative.
  • Takanori Gomi: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO.
  • Henrique da Silva: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for knockout.
  • Teruto Ishihara: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Rolando Dy: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Keita Nakamura: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; head CT scan was negative.
  • Alex Morono: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by X-ray for right hand, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Chan-Mi Jeon: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Shinsho Anzai: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Luke Juneau: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Daichi Abe: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial surgeon, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Hyun Gyu Lim: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for nasal laceration.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, visit 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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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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Gokhan Saki's UFC debut was kind of crazy, both during and after

You knew Gokhan Saki’s UFC debut was going to be memorable. But did you know he was going to drop Henrique da Silva twice, then drop-kick his own mouthpiece and throw his water over the top of the cage?

That was all in slightly less than one round of fighting at UFC Fight Night 117 as Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) stormed out of the gates early, then faded late in the round, and finally ended it with one big left hook just as da Silva (12-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) thought he had a comeback brewing.

Saki somehow struck the perfect balance between electric and utterly unphased in his post-fight victory celebration, shrugging nonchalantly at his cornermen while also punting his own mouthpiece before declaring the UFC “(his) house.”

That’s a lot to take in for a guy who’s still a newbie in MMA. But if this is any indication of what we can expect, Saki could be a much-needed shot in the arm for the light heavyweight division. At least you know he won’t be boring.

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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Twitter reacts to Gokhan Saki's thrilling KO in debut at UFC Fight Night 117

Gokhan Saki was forced to endure some moments of adversity, but in the end the kickboxing star came out with a thrilling victory in his debut at UFC Fight Night 117.

More than 13 years after his first and only MMA bout, Saki (1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made the jump from kickboxing right into the UFC for a bout with Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-4 UFC). He made a splash, scoring a first-round knockout in the FXX-televised light heavyweight bout at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Saki’s debut win vs. da Silva at UFC Fight Night 117.

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UFC Fight Night 117 results: Gokhan Saki KOs Henrique da Silva with vicious left

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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.

Saki landed a right hand right out of the gate with a left hook behind it. Da Silva tried to close the distance against the elite kickboxer, but ate a bunch more punches because of it. A head kick from Saki came just 30 seconds in, but it was mostly blocked. So Saki planted the Brazilian on the canvas with a punch.

Da Silva desperately wanted Saki to come to the ground, but the Turkish fighter was having none of it. When da Silva tried to clinch and bring the fight to the ground again, Saki managed to stay on his feet. He continued to pick da Silva apart with his punches and bloodied him up.

He brought kicks into the mix, and da Silva grabbed at his right eye. Saki started to tee off. Da Silva stayed on his feet, and with less than two minutes left, he wanted a takedown again. But it was Saki who dragged da Silva to the canvas. The Brazilian got back up and landed a pair of knees – his best offense of the fight.

In the final minute, da Silva started to grow some confidence and nearly landed a big head kick. And when Saki put his hands down and started to look fatigued in a major way, da Silva poured it on. And just when it looked like he was about to go down against the fence, Saki launched a left hand, almost in desperation, and put da Silva on the canvas for a walkoff knockout.

Saki won what essentially was his MMA debut – his only other MMA fight came in 2004. The kickboxer was fighting for the first time, period, in two and a half years. Da Silva lost for the fourth straight time and second straight time by first-round knockout. The losses have come after a 12-0 start to his pro career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 117 results include:

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

(MMAjunkie’s Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Japan.)

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UFC Fight Night 117 staff picks: Is anyone picking Okami to upset Saint Preux in UFC return?

Okami
vs.
Saint Preux
Andrade
vs.
Gadelha
Gomi
vs.
Kim
da Silva
vs.
Saki
Dy
vs.
Ishihara
Hirota
vs.
Rosa
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 87-65
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
(74%)
gadelha2017
Gadelha
(80%)
maestrokim2017
Kim
(77%)
saki2017
Saki
(56%)
ishihara2017
Ishihara
(78%)
rosa2017
Rosa
(76%)
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 97-55
trophy copy 2015 Champion
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
hdasilva2017
da Silva
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 95-57
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
jandrade2017
Andrade
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 94-58
trophy copy 2016 Champion
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 93-59
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 92-60
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
saki2017
Saki
ishihara2017
Ishihara
rosa2017
Rosa
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 89-63
saintpreux2017
Saint Preux
gadelha2017
Gadelha
maestrokim2017
Kim
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Saki
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The UFC returns to Japan this week, and a former middleweight title challenger is back in the promotion in the main event on short notice.

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Friday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. The card airs on FXX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former 185-pound title challenger Yushin Okami (34-10 MMA, 13-5 UFC) returns after a stint in WSOF to fight Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5) at light heavyweight. Okami, who will fight in front of his home fans in Japan, took the fight on a week’s notice when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua withdrew with an injury. Saint Preux is a heavy betting favorite, and he’s the pick of nine of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, women’s strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Claudia Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meet in a crucial divisional showdown. Gadelha is the betting favorite, and she’s getting the nod from eight of our 10 pickers.

Also on the main card, Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) meets ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at lightweight, and only one of our staff members is brave enough to pick Gomi in an upset. Gokhan Saki (0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his highly anticipated UFC debut against Henrique da Silva (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and is a 7-3 pick. Only one of our pickers is taking Rolando Dy (8-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to top Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) in their featherweight bout. And also at featherweight, to open up the main card, only two are taking Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) to upset Charles Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in their catchweight fight (Hirota missed the featherweight limit earlier today).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Saint Preux, Gadelha, Kim, Saki, Ishihara and Rosa are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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