|Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou|
|Former KSW Light Heavyweight champion|
|Nickname||"The African Assassin"|
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in|
|Listed weight||205 lb|
|Born|| April 18, 1984|
|Fighting out of||Oceanside, California, United States|
|Trained by||Matt Lindland, Heath Sims, Dylan Fussell, Bryan Harper, Scott McKendry, Luiz Pedro, Cody Isaacson|
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou is a Cameroonian Mixed martial artist, he holds knockout victories over notable fighters such as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona. Sokoudjou has fought for Pride Fighting Championships, Ultimate Fighting Championship and DREAM. Sokoudjou has been training in Judoka since he was 5 years old.
Mixed martial artsEdit
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Blasted into the Mixed martial arts scene with explosive knockouts over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira after going 2-1 in smaller MMA shows, his only loss was to current UFC number one title contender Glover Teixeira.
After his stint in Pride Fighting Championships, Sokoudjou was invited to join the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sokoudjou made his debut against future UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 79, he was submitted in round two with a Arm-Triangle Choke.
Sokoudjou rebounded five months later with a TKO win over Kazuhiro Nakamura, Nakamura injured his leg in the first round forcing the referee to stop the bout at the end of the round.
After going 1-3 in his last four fights Sokoudjou won his next two fights against Jan Nortje and Bob Sapp via TKO, Sokoudjou was heavily criticized about his fight with Jan Nortje when he continued to strike even after the referee stopped the fight, he did however apologize after the fight.
In his next fight, Sokoudjou fought veteran Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, Sokoudjou held his own in round one against the DREAM veteran by repeatedly using his Judo throws and out striking Mousasi, however Mousasi was able to get on top as Sokoudjou faded late in round two and finished the fight via TKO.
On December 31, 2009, Sokoudjou fought Japanese fighter Ikuhisa Minowa at Dynamite!! 2009, he lost the fight by KO in round three. Sokoudjou then fought Dave Herman (fighter) and won the via DQ after repeated illegal knee strikes from Herman.
Sokoudjou picked up his second straight win in Australia against Joaquim Ferreira by TKO at Impact FC 1. In Sokoudjou's next appearance he faced dangerous striker Houston Alexander at Shark Fights 13, in round one Sokoudjou dropped Alexander with a left hook and almost finished the fight but Alexander was able to survive into the next round, Sokoudjou was noticeably tired in round two and Alexander capitalized on it by turning up the pressure and throwing a barrage of punches at Sokoudjou, the fight was stopped at 1:31 in round two and many criticized the referee for the late stoppage.
Sokoudjou continued his losing streak with a second round TKO to Shamil Abdurahimov at ADFC: round two. Sokoudjou won his next three fights against Valdas Pocevičius, Jan Blachowicz and Roy Boughton. Sokoudjou then faced Canadian prospect Ryan Jimmo, Sokoudjou caught Jimmo with a piercing knee in round two that split the head open of Jimmo, Jimmo was rewarded a controversial unanimous decision.
Sokoudjou rematched Jan Blachowicz at KSW 17, he lost the fight by unanimous decision. After a year hiatus, Sokoudjou knocked out Denis Komkin with a head kick before earning a unanimous decision against Seung Bae Whi in April 13, 2013. Sokoudjou returned to heavyweight to face Evgeny Erokhin on May 25, 2013 in Russia, Evgeny Finished Sokoudjou with knees in round three.
On December 7, 2013, Sokoudjou was knocked out by Konstantin Erokhin at Fight Nights: Battle of Moskow 14 in round one.
Sokoudjou speaks French, as well as a few dialects in his home country of Cameroon. He currently lives in Southern California and has a brother. Before becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter, Sokoudjou worked as a bouncer.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Winter National Championship (+100KG) – 2009
- Grappler's Quest – BJJ – 2003
- Golden State Championship – 2003
- San Jose Buddhist Tournament – 2003
- California State Championship – 2002
- Tenri 40th Anniversary Championship – 2002
- San Jose Buddhist Tournament – 2001
- US Open 2001 Las Vegas – Absolute
- Silver State Championship – 2001
- Gardena Tournament – 2001
- Golden State Championship – 2001
- Senior National Champion – 2000
- Tournoi International de la ville de Yaounde – 2000
- Cameroon Junior National Champion – 1999
- Cameroon Junior National Champion – 1998
- Cameroon Junior National Champion – 1997
- Golden gi Champion – 1997
Mixed martial artsEdit
- 2010 ADFC Openweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
- Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
- KSW Light Heavyweight Championship (One Time)
- Fight of the Night (One Time)
- Shark Fights
- Fight of the Night (One Time)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|5||0 wins||0 losses|
|Loss||14-12||Konstantin Erokhin||KO (punches)||Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 14||December 7, 2013||1||N/A||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||14-11||Evgeny Erokhin||TKO (knees)||Pankration: Mayor Cup 2013||May 25, 2013||3||4:40||Khabarovsk, Russia||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||14-10||Seung Bae Whi||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC 11||April 13, 2013||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||13-10||Denis Komkin||KO (head kick)||Pankration: Battle Of Empires 2||December 15, 2012||1||1:00||Khabarovsk, Russia||Heavyweight bout|
|Loss||12-10||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 17||November 26, 2011||3||5:00||Łódź, Poland||Lost KSW Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night|
|Loss||12-9||Ryan Jimmo||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 31||October 7, 2011||5||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||For MFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||12-8||Roy Boughton||Decision (unanimous)||Score Fighting Series||June 10, 2011||3||5:00||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||11–8||Jan Błachowicz||TKO (leg kicks)||KSW 15||March 19, 2011||2||5:00||Warsaw, Poland||Won KSW Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||10–8||Valdas Pocevičius||Decision (unanimous)||Israel FC: Genesis||November 9, 2010||3||5:00||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Loss||9–8||Shamil Abdurahimov||TKO (punches)||ADFC: Round 2||October 22, 2010||3||2:17||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||2010 Openweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Loss||9–7||Houston Alexander||TKO (punches)||Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley||September 11, 2010||2||1:31||Amarillo, Texas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||9–6||Joaquim Ferreira||TKO (punches)||Impact FC 1||July 10, 2010||1||1:20||Brisbane, Australia||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||8–6||Dave Herman||DQ (illegal knees)||ADFC: Round 1||May 14, 2010||2||N/A||Abu Dhabi, UAE||2010 GP Quarterfinal; Herman was DQ'd for kneeing Sokoudjou in the head while grounded.|
|Loss||7–6||Ikuhisa Minowa||KO (punch)||Dynamite!! 2009||December 31, 2009||3||3:29||Saitama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Final|
|Loss||7–5||Gegard Mousasi||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||2||3:43||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||7–4||Bob Sapp||TKO (punches)||Dream 11||October 6, 2009||1||1:31||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||6–4||Jan Nortje||TKO (punches)||Dream 9||May 26, 2009||1||2:30||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Loss||5–4||Renato Sobral||Submission (brabo choke)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||2||2:38||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Luiz Cané||TKO (punches)||UFC 89||October 18, 2008||2||4:15||Birmingham, England|
|Win||5–2||Kazuhiro Nakamura||TKO (leg injury)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Lyoto Machida||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 79||December 29, 2007||2||4:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–1||Ricardo Arona||KO (punches and soccer kick)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||1:59||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||KO (punch)||Pride 33||February 24, 2007||1||0:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Glover Teixeira||KO (punches)||WEC 24||October 12, 2006||1||1:41||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Paul Weremecki||TKO (head kick and punches)||SF 17: Hot Zone||August 5, 2006||1||2:11||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||1–0||Gary Padilla||Decision (split)||Total Combat 15||July 15, 2006||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ys-weeklysoku111607
- ↑ - UFC 79 LIVE RESULTS. mmaweekly.com. Retrieved on December 29, 2007.
- ↑ - UFC 89: JARDINE BACK ON TRACK, CANE SCORES KO. mmaweekly.com. Retrieved on October 18, 2008.
- ↑ Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou cut from the UFC. mmamania.com. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
- ↑ Affliction 2 Results: Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Renato Sobral. mmanews.com. Retrieved on January 25, 2009.
- ↑ Sokoudjou offers Nortje an apology. ESPN.go.com. Retrieved on June 1, 2009.
- ↑ Gegard Mousasi unloads on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. November 7, 2009.
- ↑ Ikuhisa Minowa Drops Sokoudjou to Win Super Hulk Final. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on December 31, 2009.
- ↑ Impact FC Results: Barnett, Sokoudjou, Parisyan, Monson Win. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on July 10, 2010.
- ↑ Houston Alexander TKOs Sokoudjou in Shark Fights 13 Brawl. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2010.
- ↑ MFC 31 Results: Ryan Jimmo Sneaks Past Rameau Sokoudjou Despite Dull Performance. bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved on October 8, 2011.
- ↑ Результаты "Битвы под Москвой 10" - 24.02.2013. fightnights.ru (24 February 2013). Retrieved on February 23, 2013.
- ↑ Weekend Results from Russia: Mineev, Allazov, El Gaoui, Ignashov Win
- ↑ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/692092-rameau-thierry-sokoudjou-ksw-champion-sits-down-for-an-exclusive-interview