Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

CKA for November 28, 2008

Jorge Gurgel.  Photo property of the UFC.

Gurgel, Sokoudjou among recent UFC cuts

Jorge Gurgel and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou are among the recent cuts from the UFC roster.  Both were involved in losses in their last fight within the octagon.

Gurgel never fails to give a wild performance, such as the one against Aaron Riley that garnered him Fight of the Night honors at UFC 91.  But more often than not, he has come out on the losing end, having lost three of his last 4 fights.  He has been widely criticized for not utilizing his BJJ Black Belt skills more and instead choosing to stand and trade with his opponents.  Gurgel will not be out of work long as he has already signed an exclusive contract with the Strikeforce promotion.  In the end, it would not surprise me if Zuffa didn’t help get him signed right away.  His time in the UFC was clearly up and yet he was a real favorite of Dana White’s.  A demotion to WEC would be seen as just that while also inadvertantly degrading the WEC’s lightweight class.

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Quick Results: UFC 89


Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.

Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision

UFC 89 Weigh In Results

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Main Event
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)

Three Fights Added to UFC 89 in England


Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today formally announced three additional bouts that will take place at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. The most noteworthy bout is a light heavyweight matchup between Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Luis Cane.

Both Sokoudjou and Cane are coming off of impressive performances. Sokoudjou stopped fellow PRIDE veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura in the first-round of their fight at UFC 84: Ill Will due to a leg injury while Cane destroyed Jason Lambert in just two minutes at UFC 85: Bedlam last month.

Additional bouts also made officially today included Dan Hardy’s UFC debut against the always entertaining Akihiro Gono and heavyweight prospect Shane Carwin looking for his second straight UFC knockout win against fellow heavy-hitter Neil Wain.

UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. The two were originally set to throw down in June but a mandatory jail sentence stemming from a probation violation forced Leben to withdraw from the anticipated matchup.

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UFC Announces Three Bouts for “Ill Will”


Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional bouts for the the organization’s return to Las Vegas on May 24th for UFC 84: Ill Will.

The promotion confirmed the already-rumored fights on their official website.

UFC 84 will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk. Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will also go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the UFC.

Former PRIDE standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura will return to action against each other at the event.

After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December. Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana.

After being originally scheduled to face Rashad Evans, who was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June, Thiago Silva will now take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes.

Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the UFC, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004.

Light heavyweight contender Wilson Gouveia will attempt to continue his winning ways when he takes on international prospect Goran Reljic.

Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight UFC winning streak. The American Top Team product recently pulled off a huge knockout win over veteran Jason Lambert. Reljic has not lost yet in his professional career. He last earned a unanimous decision over Waldemar Golinski at a Boxing Explosion event this past August.

Report: Sokoudjou-Nakamura Set for UFC 84


Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou weighs-in for UFC 79: Nemesis. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former PRIDE light heavyweight standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura return to action against each other when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for UFC 84: Ill Will on May 24th.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who confirmed the fight with Sokoudjou himself this past weekend.

The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk.

After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December.

Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following post-fight testing for UFC 76: Knockout.

UFC 79: Nemesis Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 79: Nemesis, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The notable potential injury not mentioned on the list involved Nate Mohr, who had to be helped out of the cage after being submitted with an ankle lock by Manny Gamburyan. Various reports have made statements ranging from Mohr’s trainers hearing “a pop” to Mohr having a broken leg. Mohr has been medically suspended anyway until January 20th with no contact allowed until January 13th for precautionary reasons.

Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Tony DeSouza have all been medically suspended until January 29th with no contact permitted until January 20th. Both Hughes and DeSouza have been suspended for precautionary reasons while Liddell has a laceration above his left eye.

James Irvin, who was knocked out by an illegal knee from Luis Cane, has been shelved until February 28th with no contact until January 13th because of precautionary reasons.

Both Wanderlei Silva and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou have been medically suspended until February 13th with no contact permitted until January 29th because of laceration around their right eyes.

Soa Palelei and Doug Evans received the worst medical suspensions. Palelei has been suspended until June 27th unless a broken nose and broken left orbital bone suffered in his fight with Eddie Sanchez are cleared by an ophthalmologist. Evans has been suspended for the same length of time unless a broken left thumb is cleared by a doctor. If it is, he will still be suspended until February 13th with no contact until January 29th because of an additional cut above his left eye.

St. Pierre, Liddell Dominate at “Nemesis”


Photo by Ed Pollard.

Georges St. Pierre came closer to cementing his status as the top welterweight in the world when he gave future UFC hall-of-famer Matt Hughes a drubbing over the course of two rounds before submitting his idol with an armbar during the main event of last night’s UFC 79: Nemesis.

Hughes was originally slated to face fellow Ultimate Fighter 6 coach and current welterweight champ Matt Serra but Serra was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering herniated discs in his lower back during training. Hughes was then given a selective list of opponents that agreed to step in and the former nine-time champion picked St. Pierre in an attempt to try and avenge a prior loss to “Rush” at UFC 65 last year.

However it was obvious from the start of the fight that it was only a matter of time before St. Pierre was going to come away with a win. The Canadian took Hughes down at will throughout the first round, mounting his opponent and connecting with a number of unanswered punches while his opponent held on for dear life.

Hughes found his way back to his feet a couple of times but St. Pierre quickly put an end to that with wrestling skills that have made him consider possibly trying out for the Canadian Olympic wrestling squad next year.

The second round started off much like the first and after mounting and taking his opponent’s back, St. Pierre locked in an armbar that caused Hughes’ face to grimace in pain. The Hillsboro, Illinois native then verbally submitted to referee Steve Mazzagatti, ending the fight.

Many fans showed concern when St. Pierre took the fight on short notice as he would only have a little over a month to prepare for the bout. Training wasn’t an excuse for Hughes during a post-fight interview with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.

“I came in 120 percent,” Hughes said. “I really trained hard for this fight. I brought in some of the best people and we really had a good game plan. Georges is just a better fighter.”

Hughes also acknowledged that he “had some thinking to do” in terms of continuing his career.

With the win, St. Pierre becomes the interim UFC welterweight champion. He will now wait for Serra to fully recover from his injury and the two will unify the belts at some point next year.

Even though he deserved the win with a show of complete domination, St. Pierre refused to consider himself the welterweight champion, as that distinction is held by the last man to defeat St. Pierre inside the Octagon.

“That’s why I’m going to take off this belt,” St. Pierre said after the fight. “Thanks to the UFC for giving me that; it’s a good honor, but the real champion is Matt Serra. Until I get my belt back, I’m not going to consider myself champion. Matt Serra that night beat me fair and square. He was the better man and I made many mistakes and had a lot of issues that night. Next time when I fight him, it might be a different story and people will understand what I’m talking about.”

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UFC 79: Nemesis Live Results

We will be going live at 8:00 PM EST with live results of UFC 79: Nemesis, which is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event is highlighted by Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre battling for the third time in their careers for the interim UFC Welterweight Title and the long-awaited matchup between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.

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Live results are shown after the jump.

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UFC 79: Nemesis Weigh-In Results

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 79: Nemesis are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Things heated up really fast during the stare-down between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. Silva empathically ripped off his shirt before approaching Liddell. After an intense stare-down between the two, Silva faked a move towards Liddell and Liddell responded by flipping his opponent the bird. Silva started to walk towards Liddell and officials and trainers all jumped in but order was quickly restored.

Main Card:

Matt Hughes (170 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs)
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205 lbs)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205 lbs) vs. Ryoto Machida (204 lbs)
Rich Clementi (155 lbs) vs. Melvin Guillard (156 lbs)
Eddie Sanchez (239 lbs) vs. Soa Palalei (262 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Dean Lister (186 lbs) vs. Jordan Radev (185 lbs)
James Irvin (205 lbs) vs. Luis Cane (205 lbs)
Roan Carneiro (170 lbs) vs. Tony DeSouza (170 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Nate Mohr (155 lbs)
Doug Evans (155 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (155 lbs)

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