What’s Next For Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou?

A year ago, most of us had heard very little (if not nothing) of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Obviously, all that quickly changed once he knocked out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in a span of two months.

Then, everything really changed for The African Assassin. Pride FC was purchased by Zuffa and all of sudden Sokoudjou became one of the hottest free agents in mixed martial arts. First, he was rumored to sign with Elite XC and then K-1 Hero’s. Both those deals fell through and, voila, he became the latest in a long line of former Pride stars to sign with the UFC. And, much like many of those former Pride stars, he faltered in his Octagon debut.

I hadn’t heard much from the 23-year-old since his UFC 79 loss to Lyoto Machida so I called him up and basically asked: “what happened against Machida and when are you fighting next?”(By the looks of that photo he appears to be in deep contemplation mode, eh?) I also asked a couple of other things, such as:

* The difference between fighting in the UFC as opposed to competing in Pride

* His thoughts on Machida’s post-fight comments

* Why he didn’t sign with Elite XC or K-1

* What’s up with his parents not knowing that he is a mixed martial artist

* Whether he plans on ever letting the cat out of the bag

* How his life has changed in the last year

* His budding movie career

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou – 02/04/08

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  1. What’s Next For Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou? said,

    Wrote on February 4, 2008 @ 5:46 am

    [...] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt [...]

  2. Five Ounces of Pain | Sokoudjou: “I choked (against Machida)” said,

    Wrote on February 12, 2008 @ 4:02 am

    [...] this month, JarryPark.com conducted a phone-based interview with Pride and UFC veteran, Rameau Thierry [...]

  3. Zurich said,

    Wrote on February 12, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    Trapped at work – any hope for a transcript?

  4. lolumad said,

    Wrote on February 12, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    no sound, transcript please

  5. Lucha libre y artes marciales mixtas: WWE, TNA, CMLL, AAA » Archivo del Blog » Sokoudjou: ”Ganes o pierdas… Respeto” said,

    Wrote on February 12, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

    [...] Asesino Africano” Rameu Thierry Sokoudjou declaro en una llamada telefónica que a pesar de su derrota ante Lyoto Machida en el pasado UFC 79, todavía lo podremos ver en [...]

  6. Fightlinker » Blog Archive » Daily Wrapup February 12th 2008 said,

    Wrote on February 13, 2008 @ 2:39 am

    [...] get way more links than it does, which is why I’m happy everyone has decided to suddenly link their interview with Sokoudjou. Of course, that interview went up over a week ago, and the only reason people are linking it now [...]

  7. UFC Quick Quote: Win or lose, it’s all about respect at UFC blog for UFC news, results, videos, rumors, fights, pics and tickets — MMAmania.com said,

    Wrote on February 19, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    [...] “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou tells Jarry Park that he’s doesn’t appreciate the post-fight comments from Lyoto Machida (who referred [...]

  8. Interview with Sokoudjou | Inside Fights said,

    Wrote on January 8, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    [...] Interview with Sokoudjou [...]

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