Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou no longer signing with Elite XC. Sokoudjou to sign with K-1
One high-profile fighter who won't appear on an EliteXC card in the coming year is Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures), this despite the light heavyweight verbally agreeing to a deal with Pro Elite that would have kept him busy, fighting four times in 12 months.
Reports surfaced Friday that Sokoudjou (4-1-0), who knocked out Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his last two fights, fielded a late offer from K-1. Ryan Parsons, a representative for the 23-year-old fighter, told Sherdog.com that the K-1 contract promised "significantly more money" than the potential $200,000 per-fight Sokoudjou was slated to receive from Pro Elite.
Last week K-1 approached Sokoudjou with a one-year offer that would have placed the young Team Quest fighter against either Melvin Manhoef or Alistair Overeem on Monday's HERO'S card in Yokohama, the first of at least three fights he would have owed the Japanese promotion. However, failing to obtain a visa on short notice delayed the PRIDE veteran's return to Japan, and will keep Sokoudjou in Southern California this weekend.
Having backed away from EliteXC, Sokoudjou now awaits signing with K-1, which Parsons said should happen "shortly."
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Fighters
Last, but certainly not least, we come to the end of our mid-year series celebrating the best of the UFC from January to July, and who better to finish up with than the top fighters the Octagon has seen thus far in 2007. But who took the crown as the top fighter of the first half of 2007? You’ll have to read on to find out.
UFC Lightweight Division Under "Shark" Attack
'The Muscle Shark' Sean Sherk defended his UFC lightweight title for the first time at UFC 73 with a unanimous decision win over Hermes Franca. The UFC lightweight champion spoke with MMAWeekly Radio about his first title defense, his conditioning and the impending match with 'The Prodigy' BJ Penn.
Weightvclass For Leben Vs Swick Fight Currently Undecided
A much-anticipated rematch between The Ultimate Fighter 1 cast members Chris Leben (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Mike Swick (10-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will take place at UFC Fight Night 11 — most likely as the night’s main event — but the weight class for the fight is still undecided.
Swick has been told that Leben plans to drop to 170 pounds for the fight, but if the weight loss proves too daunting for the Oregon slugger, Swick’s camp says the fight will go on at 185 pounds.
Interesting in my opinion. Didn't think Leben could make 170.
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Fights
If the first half of 2007 is any indication, we’re in for some great fights in the UFC’s Octagon from August to December. But what bouts captivated fight fans from January to July and truly showed what mixed martial arts is all about? In part four of the Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards, we look at the best fights of the first six months and one week of 2007.
Lambert VS Gouveia at UFC 76
Jason Lambert is set to make his return at UFC 76 where he will take on American Top Team member Wilson Gouveia in a light heavyweight match, as confirmed by sources close to the fight.
Anderson Silva vs... MATT HUGHES?
This is from Matt Hughes blog on his site
“If Rich [Franklin] looses then I would move up and fight Anderson [Silva]. I would never fight Rich.”
This could be very very interesting and a fight I would love to see.
Props to UFCMANIA.com for this.
Kimo out of Cage Rage
Breaking news. Can't find anything anywhere so I'm lucky enuf to tell most of you first. JT has informed the WarWagon that Kimo has pulled out of their upcoming fight. I'll post a link as soon as it is available. This literally came from JT himself w/in the last hour. Join the WarWagon. James actually talks to us, what other fighter treats his fans like he does?
WarWagon NEVER DIE!
ps, he should still be fighting, not known against who.
The Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards - The Submissions
It usually won’t make SportsCenter’s Plays of The Day, but there is nothing more effective and decisive than a fight-ending submission. And when it’s done right, there is nothing in mixed martial arts as impressive. But who in the first half of 2007 has really stepped up and ended a fight with one of those moves we can only pull off in video games? Let’s find out in part three of the Highly Unofficial Half-Year UFC Awards, as we look at the best submissions of the first six months and one week of 2007.
"This Thing is a Unification Title Bout"
"I've been saying all along this thing is a unification title bout, Pride Champion vs. UFC Champion. The guy that walks away walks away with the unified, undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world."
Those are the words of UFC President Dana White at the UFC 73 press conference when speaking about the fight between current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Pride 205lb champion Dan Henderson that will take place at UFC 75 in England on September 8th.