Sokoudjou in 2007
|Born||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua
April 18, 1984
|Other names||The African Assassin|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||78.0 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Oceanside, California, United States|
|Rank||Second dan black belt in Judo
Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Years active||2006 – present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Amateur Muay Thai record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua (French pronunciation: [ʁamo tjɛʁi sɔkudʒu]; born April 18, 1984), mostly billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division. He is the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, and has also competed for PRIDE, the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, KSW, MFC, K-1, and DREAM.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Kickboxing career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Born and raised in Cameroon, Sokoudjou began training in judo at the age of five and was talented, winning three consecutive junior national championships from 1997-1999 in his home country. Growing up, he had actually wanted to get involved with boxing or kickboxing but his parents would not allow it because they thought the competition was too violent. Sokoudjou moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his career in judo.
Sokoudjou was the 2001 US Open Judo Champion as a member of Judo America San Diego, California.
Mixed martial arts career
Sokoudjou began training for mixed martial arts after helping Dan Henderson train for an upcoming fight at Team Quest. Sokoudjou made his professional debut in 2006 in San Diego, on a card that also featured future UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and future UFC Flyweight Ian McCall. Sokoudjou won his bout via split decision and then won his next fight less than a month later, by TKO.
PRIDE Fighting Championships
In his PRIDE debut at PRIDE 33, Sokoudjou fought legendary Brazilian fighter Antônio Rogério Nogueira, and the much-less experienced Sokoudjou was a 16-1 underdog. To start the match, the Cameroonian threw a series of high kicks before landing an excellent combination that knocked out "Lil Nog" at just 23 seconds into the first round in a shocking upset. This made Sokoudjou the first and only fighter to finish the younger Nogueira brother. Sokoudjou's victory is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history, as well as arguably the biggest win of Sokoudjou's career to date.
Sokoudjou was then matched up against another Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, longtime PRIDE contender Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 34. Sokoudjou was again the underdog in this fight but won via knockout after landing a huge uppercut.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Sokoudjou signed with the UFC. He lost in his UFC debut to future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 79 via arm triangle choke in the second round. As a homage to the many photoshops of him on the internet, he entered the ring wearing a predator mask.
On May 24, 2008, Sokoudjou rebounded from his loss by defeating Japanese judoka Kazuhiro Nakamura via TKO at UFC 84 in the first round, after Nakamura hurt his leg. During his post-fight interview Sokoudjou challenged Mauricio Rua.
Sokoudjou was released from the UFC on November 28, 2008.
Sokoudjou defeated the South-African kickboxer Jan Nortje at Dream 9 by TKO (strikes) in round 1 of the Dream Super Hulk Tournament. Sokoudjou was heavily criticized for his post-fight actions where he landed a barrage of extra punches after the referee had already stepped in to stop the fight. Sokoudjou did, however, express remorse for his actions, and apologized to Nortje for the incident. Sokoudjou was slated to face Gegard Mousasi in the semifinals at Dream 11, however, due to an injury, Super heavyweight Bob Sapp stood in for Mousasi. Sokoudjou defeated Sapp via TKO (punches) in the first round, thereby advancing him to the finals against Ikuhisa Minowa.
At Dynamite!! 2009 Sokoudjou lost to Japanese fighter Ikuhisa Minowa in the finals of the DREAM Super Hulk Tournament. In the first round Sokoudjou was clearly doing all the damage on the smaller fighter while Minowa attempted leglocks. At the end second round Minowa had Soukodjou in a kneebar but was cut off by the bell before he could adjust his grip. In the third round Minowa and Sokodjou both received two yellow cards (10% purse deduction for one) for inactivity 3 minutes into the round, but with 90 seconds left Minowa sent a wild flurry of missed punches sending Sokoudjou into the ropes and connecting with a big left hook that dropped Sokoudjou causing referee Moritaka Oshiro to stop the fight.
Then on May 14, 2010, he defeated Dave Herman by disqualification in the quarter finals of the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championships. Dave was disqualified for repeated knees to the head of a downed Sokoudjou.
After this win, Sokoudjou picked up another win in the Australian promotion Impact FC, as he dominated and defeated Joaquim Ferreira by TKO in the 1st round.
Sokoudjou faced the heavy-handed former UFC veteran Houston Alexander on September 11, 2010, at Shark Fights 13. Sokoudjou landed hard leg kicks at the start of the fight, before landing a lunging left hand that dropped the Omaha native. Sokoudjou followed this up with more punches to Alexander's head, who used wrestling to keep himself from getting knocked out and was able to demonstrate amazing toughness by surviving Sokoudjou's brutal attack for the final three minutes of the round, even after being dropped a second time by a punch before implementing some ground and pound of his own at the end of the 1st round. Alexander also landed two illegal headbutts at the end of the round, and was warned by the referee but did not have any points taken away. In the 2nd round, Alexander came out and landed a series of hard jabs on the African fighter, who seemed to be tiring out. Alexander then landed more strikes before going into the clinch from which he rocked Sokoudjou with a series of punches before getting on top and landing many unanswered punches on Sokodjou, before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:31 in the 2nd round.
On October 22, 2010, at the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championships, Sokoudjou lost to Shamil Abdurahimov by TKO at 2:17 of 3rd round.
On November 9, 2010, at Israel FC: Genesis, Sokoudjou won against Valdas Pocevicius by unanimous decision.
Sokoudjou fought Ryan Jimmo for the MFC Light Heavyweight Championship at MFC 31 on October 7 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, losing by a controversial unanimous decision.
On December 15, 2012, Sokoudjou faced Denis Komkin in a Heavyweight bout at Pankration: Battle Of Empires 2, in Khabarovsk, Russia. Sokoudjou won via KO in the first minute of round 1.
Sokoudjou fought Heavyweight prospect Konstantin Erokhin at Fight Nights: Battle Of Moscow 14, on December 7, 2013. He lost via KO in the first round.
KSW and others
Sokoudjou faced European prospect Jan Błachowicz at KSW XV for the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship, After two rounds Sokoudjou landed 12 leg kicks, making Błachowicz unable to continue the fight.
In his next bout, Sokoudjou faced Russian fighter Denis Komkin. Sokoudjou won the bout after knocking out his opponent with a head kick.
Sokoudjou then made his debut in ROAD FC against Seung Bae Whi and won by unanimous decision.
In his next fight, Sokoudjou fought another Russian fighter, Evgeny Erokhin, who had defeated Valentijn Overeem in his last fight. Sokoudjou was defeated by TKO due to punches.
Sokoudjou signed with Bellator MMA and made his promotional debut on June 6, 2014 at Bellator 121 against Terry Davinney. Sokoudjou won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Sokoudjou is scheduled to face promotional newcomer Malik Merad on October 3, 2014 at Bellator 127.
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 accomplishments
- Winter National Championship (+100 kg) – 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 arts
- 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 record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||15 wins||12 losses|
|Win||15–12||Terry Davinney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 121||June 6, 2014||1||4:16||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||14–12||Konstantin Erokhin||KO (punches)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 14||December 7, 2013||1||2:28||Moscow, Russia||Heavyweight bout|
|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 Grand Prix Quarterfinal; Herman was DQ'd for kneeing Sokoudjou in the head while grounded.|
|Loss||7–6||Ikuhisa Minowa||KO (punches)||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 (d'arce 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|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
1 win (1 KO), 2 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
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- "Sokoudjou Signs to Challenge 205-Pound Champion Ryan Jimmo at MFC 31". MMAWeekly.com. August 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
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- Weekend Results from Russia: Mineev, Allazov, El Gaoui, Ignashov Win