I've been looking around trying to find videos of Kenny Florian vs Kit Cope, and Stephan Bonnar vs Keith Jardine. For Florian x Cope I found a tudou link but I'm getting an error message, for Bonnar x Jardine I'm can't find anything.
While Saki's development into a cocky crybaby has resulted in me becoming less and less of a fan over the past few years to the point where I want to see him get his ass kicked in kickboxing, as a representative of kickboxing I still want to see him crush some people in MMA. Having said that, I feel the only thing that can give him a chance is generous matchmaking.
Match him up with fighters that like to keep it standing and have a minimal groundgame with no intention to even go there. And even then it might prove difficult for Saki to adjust. For one, striking in kickboxing and striking in MMA are different things that typically can't be carried over 1:1. Some styles may carry over better than others, but generally speaking the smaller gloves and ever present danger of takedowns change your stance, distance and timing. On top of that Saki hasn't really competed in 3 years and appeared somewhat out of shape for the majority of that time.
I'm very interested in the true reasons for him making the switch and what the actual details of his contract are. Does UFC management see this as a big signing or is it similar to when they were trying to get Jörgen Kruth just because they were holding an event in Sweden and figured a few locals would put asses in seats (Kruth eventually had to pull out due to injury).
Either way, the Rotterdam show is scheduled for September 2nd so in roughly 3 months we'll see.