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Sokoudjou: "I felt like someone stole my body and gave me a girl's"

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When Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-3) burst onto the world's MMA landscape in 2007 with knockout wins over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, "The African Assassin" was a picture of power and strength.

But after a disappointing 1-2 stretch in the UFC, Sokoudjou's lack of fitness became a major concern for his future endeavors.

With just hours remaining before Sokoudjou's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" bout with Renato "Babalu" Sobral (31-7) in Anaheim, Calif., the Team Quest fighter told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's ready to put an end to questions of his fitness.

"Usually I wake up 10 pounds over (on the day of the weigh-ins), but I did it different this time," Sokoudjou said. "[This time] I was three pounds over.

"I don't want to do a big cut anymore and get in the sauna and kill myself forever. This time I decided to get on a diet a long time ago and get my weight down to where I don't need a sauna anymore."

The chiseled Sokoudjou's strength and explosiveness have long been considered his greatest assets. But in UFC losses to Luis Cane and Lyoto Machida -- defeats that led to Sokoudjou's release from the organization -- the Cameroon native faded quickly after the opening five minutes.

Sokoudjou readily admitted his faults.

"Last time I had a big cut, and then halfway through the fight I felt like someone stole my body and gave me a girl's body to fight with," Sokoudjou said.


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Post #1   1/24/09 2:01:06PM   

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he won't need that much cardio tonigh i see sobral subbing him in the first round

Post #2   1/24/09 2:51:17PM   

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I agree....Babalu by first round sub......im gonna even guess armbar

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Im going with Anaconda choke

Post #4   1/25/09 12:50:20AM