Gokhan Saki returns at UFC 219 against Khalil Rountree Jr.

The former kickboxing champion is facing a fellow knockout artist in December

It didn’t take long for former kickboxing champion Gokhan Saki to book his next fight inside the Octagon.

Saki will face former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Khalil Rountree Jr. at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

UFC officials announced the new matchup on Monday.

Saki made his UFC debut back in September where he earned a first round knockout over Henrique da Silva, which also earned him a ‘Performance of the Night’ award as well.

Afterwards, Saki immediately shifted his focus towards booking his next fight in the UFC and the promotion didn’t wait very long to grant him his wish.

Rountree Jr. will certainly give Saki everything he can handle as the four-time UFC veteran has put on a pair of stunning performances in his most recent fights with two consecutive first round knockouts.

Considering how both Saki and Rountree Jr. always seem to look to throw heavy leather, this should be a crowd pleasing matchup in the light heavyweight division.

UFC 219 takes place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a main event still to be determined for the card.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.