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Sokoudjou in 2007
BornRameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua
(1984-04-18) April 18, 1984 (age 35)
Hom'la, Cameroon
Other namesThe African Assassin
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1][2][3]
Weight206.1 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach78.0 in (198 cm)
Fighting out ofOceanside, California, United States
TeamTeam Quest[4]
RankSecond dan black belt in Judo
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2006–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout13
By submission1
By decision4
By disqualification1
By knockout13
By submission2
By decision3
Amateur Muay Thai record
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: February 23, 2013

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua (French pronunciation: ​[ʁamo tjɛʁi sɔkudʒu]; born April 18, 1984), mostly billed simply as Sokoudjou, is a Cameroonian professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2006, Sokoudjou is the former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion, and has also competed for PRIDE, the UFC, WEC, Affliction, Strikeforce, K-1, DREAM and Bellator.


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.[5] Sokoudjou moved to the United States in 2001 to pursue his career in judo.[6]

Sokoudjou was the 2001 US Open Judo Champion as a member of Judo America San Diego, California.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Sokoudjou then fought against future UFC veteran Glover Teixeira at WEC 24, but lost via knockout.

PRIDE Fighting Championships[edit]

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 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.[7]

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[edit]

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.[8] During his post-fight interview Sokoudjou challenged Mauricio Rua.

Sokoudjou's next fight was at UFC 89 against dangerous striker Luiz Cané. He lost via TKO due to punches with 45 seconds remaining in the second round.

Sokoudjou was released from the UFC on November 28, 2008.[9]

Independent Promotions[edit]

Sokoudjou was defeated by fellow UFC veteran Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction: Day of Reckoning via submission due to an Anaconda Choke in 2:38 of the second round.

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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 one.

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.[13]


Sokoudjou was defeated by former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi via second-round TKO due to ground and pound on November 7, 2009, at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.[14]

KSW and others[edit]

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.[15]

On November 12 Sokoudjou faced Jan Błachowicz in a rematch at KSW XVI, Sokoudjou lost via unanimous decision and the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.

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.

Bellator MMA[edit]

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 faced promotional newcomer Malik Merad on October 3, 2014 at Bellator 127.[16] He won via TKO in the second round.

Sokoudjou faced English fighter Linton Vassell at Bellator 134 on February 27, 2015.[17] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

In June 2015, it was revealed that Sokoudjou was released from the promotion.[18]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Sokoudjou faced Maxim Osipov in a kickboxing match on September 1, 2012 at UWC 20 in Southend, England. He lost via majority decision.

Sokoudjou faced Maxim Grishin in a kickboxing match on February 23, 2013 at Fight Nights 10 in Moscow, Russia. He lost via split decision(29–28, 28–29, 28–29).[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

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.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


    • 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[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
37 matches 19 wins 18 losses
By knockout 13 13
By submission 1 2
By decision 4 3
By disqualification 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–18 Jamie Abdullah TKO (punches) AFC / Kunlun Fight - Kunlun Fight MMA 16 October 28, 2017 2 2:42 Melbourne, Australia Won the AFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 18–18 Sergei Kharitonov KO (punch) M-1 Challenge 80: Kharitonov vs. Sokoudjou June 15, 2017 1 0:40 Harbin, Heilongjiang, China Heavyweight bout.
Loss 18–17 Łukasz Jurkowski Decision (majority) KSW 39: Colosseum May 27, 2017 3 5:00 Warsaw, Poland
Win 18–16 Marcelo Tenorio TKO (punches) Australian FC 18: Night 1 April 14, 2017 1 N/A Shanghai, China
Loss 17–16 Thiago Silva TKO (punches) F2N: Fight2Night November 4, 2016 3 2:37 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 17–15 Tomasz Narkun TKO (punches) KSW 36: Materla vs. Palhares Oct 1, 2016 1 4:38 Zielona Góra, Poland For the KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 17–14 Matt Hamill KO (punches) Venator FC 3: Palhares vs. Meek May 21, 2016 1 0:37 Milan, Italy
Loss 16–14 Paul Buentello KO (punches) Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 October 4, 2015 3 3:21 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Heavyweight bout.
Loss 16–13 Linton Vassell TKO (punches) Bellator 134 February 27, 2015 2 3:18 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 16–12 Malik Merad TKO (elbows) Bellator 127 October 3, 2014 2 4:04 Temecula, California, United States
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 011 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: Revenge November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Lódz, 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 1 June 10, 2011 3 5:00 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Win 11–8 Jan Błachowicz TKO (retirement) KSW 15: Contemporary Gladiators March 19, 2011 2 5:00 Warsaw, Poland Won KSW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 10–8 Valdas Pocevicius Decision (unanimous) Israel FC: Genesis November 9, 2010 3 5:00 Tel Aviv, Israel
Loss 9–8 Shamil Abdurakhimov 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 (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 (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 (punch) 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: Full Force 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 Terdsak Chou Decision (split) Total Combat 15 July 15, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

0 wins, 2 losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
Loss Maxim Grishin Decision (split) Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 10 February 23, 2013 3 3:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss Maxim Osipov Decision (majority) UWC 20 September 1, 2012 3 3:00 Southend, England

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest


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