Gokhan Saki’s UFC debut
Gokhan Saki is quite a renowned name in the world of kickboxing. The big Turkish man made his debut in the UFC in Japan in front of a packed crowd. Saki faced MMA fighter Henrique da Silva for his first match in the light heavyweight category. Although Saki finished the fight with his signature Saki Bomb or a devastating left hook, he endured some hard hits from the Brazilian Da Silva. After an elbow and knee, Saki’s movements were a bit slow which lead to questions regarding his cardio. After the match, Saki addressed this concern saying that his body was still getting used to the five-minute rounds in MMA. A kickboxing round generally lasts for three minutes while an MMA fight usually goes for two minutes more. Gokhan Saki’s last fight came in 2015 and before that in 2014 he fought Tyrone Spong. Saki has only started training this year for his MMA debut, and it will take some time for him to adjust to the norms.
Eryk Anders announces his return to the octagon
Eryk Anders took to Twitter to announce his return to the ring on December 9. The former Alabama linebacker will be facing John Phillips in UFC Fight Night 123. Eryk Anders last match, which was also his debut UFC match, was in July when he faced Rafael Natal. Anders last played for Alabama in the 2009 victory against Texas. With his debut UFC win, Anders now has 9-0 record in MMA. The linebacker has been impressive so far with most of his fights not lasting beyond the first round. Anders said that all of his former teammates in the Alabama team were cheering him on and were happy with his new career. Coincidentally this will also be the UFC debut of Eryk’s opponent, John Philips.
UFC 217 match set between James Vick & Joe Duffy
A match between James Vick and Joe Duffy is announced for the UFC 217 at the Madison Square Garden. The two lightweight contenders will battle it out in front of a sellout crowd on November 4th. James Vick has a record of 11-2 and will be looking for his third straight victory after defeating Abel Trujillo in February and Marco Polo Reyes in May. Ireland’s Joe Duffy has more six wins under his belt with the same number of losses as Vick. Joe Duffy signed a new seven-match contract with UFC, where he has a 4-1 record. James Vick will be his first challenger in lieu of this new contract. Many might even remember Duffy as the one who made current lightweight champion Connor McGregor back in 2010.