Former kickboxing world champion Gokhan Saki made his highly anticipated octagon debut at last night’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Japan.
After a wild opening few minutes, Saki caught Da Silva with a beautifully timed left hand that sent the Brazilian crashing to the floor.
The referee instantly stepped in to stop the contest before Saki could proceed with any form of further punishment.
Saki’s impressive debut sparked tons of praise from his fellow fighters and even a reaction from UFC President Dana White.
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Several fans chimed in on White’s Instagram post and shared their opinions that the Gokhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva fight was stopped early.
The brash UFC boss replied to those fans with the following message.
“Anyone who thinks that’s a bad stoppage PLEASE don’t ever apply to be refs!!!!!” – Dana White