Gokhan Saki Scores Spectacular First-Round KO In Highly-Anticipated UFC Debut

UFC Fight Night 117 Results: Gokhan Saki KO's Henrique da Silva (VIDEO)

UFC Fight Night 117 Results: Gokhan Saki KO's Henrique da Silva (VIDEO)

Gokhan Saki's UFC debut largely lived up to the hype. Da Silva managed to rise to his feet and shoot for a takedown, but Saki stuffed it and continued to batter the more experienced MMA fighter with a wonderful variety of strikes.

Thrown in opposite unranked light-heavyweight Henrique da Silva, Saki produced a barnstorming performance to drop the Brazilian twice before putting him away for good in a thrilling blow-for-blow exchange.

Da Silva had the gassed 33-year-old backed up against the cage with the referee ready to step in as Saki was rocked with power elbows and punches.

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.

Da Silva attempting to get the fight to the mat again, but nothing doing and it's Saki who briefly takes him down, though he's right back up again.

With Saki in trouble against the fence, Da Silva released the clinch and allowed "The Turkish Tyson" a little space. Saki was unable to finish the deal, however, and for a few moments, it looked like da Silva might record a comeback win.

"Anyone who thinks that's a bad stoppage PLEASE don't ever apply to be refs", White wrote on Instagram.

UFC Fight Night 117 was held earlier today at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Saki reels off a couple of big left hooks and Da Silva looks like he just doesn't want to be there right now as his face gets steadily busted up.

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