Sokoudjou vs. Nakamura

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gartface
4/21/08 12:18:40AM
How's this pan out? I'm hoping to see some good judo, but it could easily turn into a slugfest.
I'm on the ropes in this fight, Nakamura's a vet and could possibly pull off a decision against Soko.
prozacnation1978
4/21/08 12:21:39AM
i really think sokou is gonna knock nakamura out, he is a vet true has fought some of the best fighters in the world, but he has lost more of those fights than won. i am hoping to see the real sokou, have him live up to the hype.
gartface
4/21/08 12:25:45AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i really think sokou is gonna knock nakamura out, he is a vet true has fought some of the best fighters in the world, but he has lost more of those fights than won. i am hoping to see the real sokou, have him live up to the hype.



I hope he lives up to the hype as well. Not so sure he's going to knock him out, Nakamura has a good chin. I think this has potential FOTN written all over it. But then again it's on the same card as Penn/Sherk.
EON
4/21/08 12:28:20AM
everyone just wants to see soko get another KO and they dont see this as a big challenge, too bad because its probably his biggest test, nakamura took everything lyoto had and soko crumbled to a lyoto jab before getting choked, i'm calling the upset now, nakamura has fought better and beaten better competition than soko and has the experience advantage, soko better swing frequently and precisely or hes getting submitted or UD'd, maybe even KO'd since his chin isnt that good, (watch the texiera and lyoto fights)

Nakamura Sub 2nd Round or Decision
Ordep
4/21/08 12:38:55AM
I want Nakamura to win this one so bad so everyone can realize that Soko is one of the top 10, yes, top 10 OVERrated fighters.
Pookie
4/21/08 1:29:13AM
Nakamura is tough, expierienced and may have better judo.
But, Sokoudjou has proved something that nakamura could not, and thats beat a top 5 fighter(arguably). His striking is good enough to probably tko him, wandy style.
Mchubb316
4/21/08 3:04:34AM
After Soko's two victories in pride, I thought that he could be the next big thing at LHW. His first KO I thought OK he caught Nog and that happens. Then he comes out and beats Arona pretty easily. My thoughts are one, Machida is a beast and two, maybe Soko isn't the phenom I thought. I'm anxious to see how he fares against Nakamura and this will tell if he is gonna be a top level fighter.
Pookie
4/21/08 3:17:45AM
Machida and Nakamura are 2 completely opposite fighters though... Nakamura is a bruiser, machida never gets hit. Sokoudjou might still have voodoo magic for hands, and machida just was that good. <-Personal Opinion.
Buddharox
4/21/08 4:52:24AM

Posted by Ordep

I want Nakamura to win this one so bad so everyone can realize that Soko is one of the top 10, yes, top 10 OVERrated fighters.



Soko lost to Machida, who would beat almost everyone in the 205 division. His other loss was when he had broken hands, and was training to go against a bjj guy. He has 2 KO wins over Nog and Arona.

How exactly is he overrated?
Twenty20Dollars
4/21/08 8:38:50AM
Soko is going to rebound on this fight, with a tko or UD
IriShame
4/21/08 10:19:34AM
The difference here is that we don't really know what Sokoudjou is. We know what Nakamura is, and that's a measureing stick. He's not great but he will beat good fighters if they don't bring their A-game. He's a Stephan Bonnar type. Match an up and coming prospect with them and see if they're ready for the big time. My personal opinion is yes, Soko is ready and Nakamura is going to be made an example of. That being said, if Soko is overrated and not what everyone thinks he is it's going to be painfully obvious against a guy like Nakamura.
tepid55
4/21/08 11:15:14AM
I think Nakamura will win with his superior judo skills.
Ordep
4/21/08 1:35:54PM

Posted by Buddharox


Posted by Ordep

I want Nakamura to win this one so bad so everyone can realize that Soko is one of the top 10, yes, top 10 OVERrated fighters.



Soko lost to Machida, who would beat almost everyone in the 205 division. His other loss was when he had broken hands, and was training to go against a bjj guy. He has 2 KO wins over Nog and Arona.

How exactly is he overrated?



Keep in mind that a win is a win and it looks good in your record but a dominant win is something different and IMO that is what you should see while ranking.
I give him credit for the Arona KO only, but a 15 second KO does not tell me how good you are to handle a top opponent ( Note the difference of HANDLE and BEAT) and we already saw this with Machida. I'm not saying his KO over Nog was a fluke or anything, just not enough to tell me how "good" he is.
Also, he is really unexperienced, not even 10 pro fights. I don't buy his hype.
tylerlee123
4/21/08 2:16:11PM
I wouldn't count out Nakamura in this one
pv3Hpv3p
4/21/08 2:29:15PM
Nakamura is excellent at nuetralizing his opponents strengths... He's got a chin and decent hands... This should be a great fight... Always like to see two judoka's go at it, makes for an interesting style matchup...

If Nakamura can take Shogum to a decision, I don't think that Soko will be able to finish him... And if it's a test of chins... I think Nak's got the upper hand in that department as well...

I'm gonna take Nakamura as the underdog in this fight, a lot of people sleep on his skills
cgentili
5/19/08 6:43:37PM
I really like Soko and would sure like to see more of him in the future. He has had some really exciting fights and I lookforward to more in the future... However, Nakamura is no underdog in this fight!
Nakamura could pull a decision, G&P, or a submission as easily as Soko could get a KO and with the cage often being a disadvantage to a striker against a grappler I cant see how 5 to 1 odds aren't call for at least a fairly substantial bet.
Franklinfan47
5/19/08 7:52:27PM
Could definately go both ways, but I hope Sokoudjou can get another highlight reel knockout.
mrsmiley
5/19/08 9:09:57PM
If Soko wins,I don't see it being with a knockout.Possible TKO or decision.Naku could pull off a win though.
fedorwins1
5/20/08 9:05:16AM
I'm picking Soko, not sure how he'll win, as a matter of fact I'm not even that confident that he will win. It's kind of a toss up for me...
Aether
5/20/08 10:16:21AM
Am I the only one who thinks this is going to be a really boring fight? I see Nakamura trying to take him down and lay on him for 3 rounds with sokou's main chance being to try to KO him whenever they get stood up.
DevonFoxy
5/20/08 11:53:25AM
I think that Soko has crazy one punch KO power and that could at least Nakamura down if not knock himout. I know that Naka has a great chin and Shogun coulnd't finish him but in the Machida fight he got flustered with a lot of shots but none with extreme power the likes of Soko.

With that said I think its going to be a good fight and is going to be very close of course im a huge Soko fan after his knock outs of two very good fighters and I think the jitters somewhat got to him in his last fight and he just seemed slow. I'm hoping the jitters are gone but another huge factor in that fight was Machida being a very good opponent and alot of people not giving him enough credit for as good as everyone thinks he is now.


I think this will be a good fight but I think I'll give the edge to Soko and I'm thinking it'll be a stand up war. So heres for hoping

bigbubbano23
5/20/08 7:18:22PM
i also hope to see some good judo. i don't think fighter utilize it as much as they should.
EON
5/21/08 3:22:11AM
im torn by this matchup, for now its on soko but its been changed at least 10 times
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