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Rumor: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84

According to MMAWeekly’s rumors section, “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face fellow judoka Kazuhiro Nakamura at May’s UFC 84.

Sokoudjou burst onto the MMA scene last year with two devastating knockout wins over highly touted fighters, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Ricardo Arona in the now defunct Pride FC. However in his recent UFC debut at UFC 79: Nemesis, he was defeated by Lyoto Machida by 2nd round arm-triangle choke.

Kazuhiro Nakamura has fought a who’s who of Pride veterans, which is not a surprise considering that prior to UFC 76 it was the only organization he had fought for. He had mixed results in Pride going 11-6 in his time there. Just like Sokoudjou, Nakamura’s last defeat was at the hands of Machida at the UFC 76: Knockout.

If the rumor is true, UFC 84 is shaping up to be a very interesting and entertaining card. The event will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn and former UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk.

    The rumored fight card is as follows:

  • B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk (UFC lightweight title)
  • Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine
  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
  • Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
  • Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
  • Ivan Salaverry vs. Rousimar Palhares
  • Jason Tan vs. Dong-hyun Kim
  • Terry Etim vs. Jeremy Stephens

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  • Kogepan says:

    yeh, good fight for Soko.

    UFC needs more Japanese cans to build up the young fighters

  • jaydog says:

    Assuming that the top five fights would be the main card, that’s a PPV that I’d definitely go out of my way to see. The undercard… not so much.

  • theickysticky says:

    I agree jaydog! The televised card looks good.

  • Grape Knee High says:

    “UFC needs more Japanese cans to build up the young fighters”

    What do you mean? They already have plenty of American cans (like Leben and Irvin and McFedries), Brazilian cans (like Gurgel) and Italian cans (like Sakara).

    Besides, Nakamura is not a can.

  • JayK95 says:

    Definitely looking like a solid card!

    Jay K.

  • Nick says:

    This fight card may be the best fight card in UFC history. All 5 of the televised fights could headline a show by themselves. Wow. That fight card gives me a boner. I cannot wait to see all of them, but especially Wandy vs Jardine.

  • ttt says:

    “All 5 of the televised fights could headline a show by themselves. ”

    let’s not get ahead of ourselves, remember the last time Evans headlined a fight ?

  • Rich says:

    I’m rootin’ for a devistating win for Ivan..

    i hope he keeps his contract w/ the UFC alive and gets back into contention..

  • jaydog says:

    Four of those top five fights are in the LHW division. I’d say that could be four contenders to fight the winner of Griffin/Jackson. Who gets the title shot? Or do they fight eachother first and wait until the UFC decides to hold a big LHW title fight in December? Don’t even suggest that Liddell/Shogun get title shots anytime soon. In my mind, they’ve both got work to do to live down their losses.

  • Jeremy says:

    Very good card from top to bottom. Obviously the top 5 are the cream and definitely should make for a good PPV card. But the other fights all have some good, young talent in them and should make some good highlights if we can get them on the show with the other 5 fights already.

  • Rich says:

    this reminds me of the UFC 73 stacked card..

  • paddiosf says:

    I like the matchup, and a comment ealier about the UFC needs to build up it’s Japanese fighter base, with Dream now in the MMA mix, it looks like the young Japanese lightweights will probaly stay at home…Also what ever happen to Ricardo Arona??? no one ever signed him…

  • bubbafat says:

    Outside Karo and Yoshida himself, these are two of the best Judoka’s in MMA ’bout to go at it. We’ll see. I think Nakamura is going to have 1 more fight at LHW before he makes the cut to 185.

  • BLOodyMEss says:

    Soko has alot of potential for sure, I would like to see him fight houston

  • Evan says:

    “i hope he keeps his contract w/ the UFC alive and gets back into contention..”

    Won’t happen methinks. From what I have read he hates it there. Who knows if that’s changed.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    So what’s the prediction for Tito/Machida? I say Machida by 2d round KO.

  • Rich says:

    Tito.. boring decision..

    i don’t see Machida sub’ing or KO’ing Tito..

    Machida sure does get a lot of credit..

    before the sokoudju fight.. there wasn’t much talk about him being sooo good.. and every single fight was a “Tim Sylvia” [you know, UBER boring]fight for him.. i mean, he couldn’t finish the easiest of opponents.. and then he finished Sokoudju.. idk.. it doesn’t make sense to me.. and i would kinda like to see him beat Tito.. i just don’t see it happening.. i don’t really like Machida.. and i don’t like Tito.. but it otta be a good fight..

    and Evan,
    i believe it’s true..
    i don’t think he likes his pay..
    but.. if he DOES leave.. he would be amazing for a top contender in another organization..
    either way.. i just don’t want him to stop fighting.. he’s VERY exciting.. w/ the exception of the Terry Martin fight. but.. that was a fluke.. for sure..

    but ya.. i hope he’s changed.. just as i hope AA has changed.. wouldn’t want to see him leave either..

  • slimm says:

    #6: “the best card in ufc history”…. really, its a good card with the potential of being a great card, yet with chance of being a lay & pray contest… there are a few questions that this card should answer, how good is lyoto, is soko going to get back to his pride ways? is wanderlei going to use his clinch work to take the distance away from jardine…. is evans going to be boring again, and will BJ own sheirk and finally keep him quite? i hope so…. cheers.


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