The UFC’s light heavyweight division may have just gotten a little more interesting. In a new interview with Luis Cruz of HACNews, “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou hints that he has signed with the UFC and will be making his UFC debut on December 29, 2007 at UFC 79: Nemesis. At the end of the interview, in his closing remarks, Sokoudjou says,
“I would like to thank Light Force for all the support. Also fans can reach me at www.africanassassin.com or on myspace at www.myspace.com/african_assassin. And I’ll be back not in the ring but in the cage DEC 29th in Vegas!”
December 29th, Las Vegas, it all seems too coincidental. The question that remains now is who will Sokoudjou’s opponent be? Keith Jardine, Matt Hamill, Lyoto Machida, and Tito Ortiz are just a handful of possible candidates. Actually, this paves the way to yet another question. Who is actually going to have the cojones to step up against the very dangerous Sokoudjou?
Sokoudjou currently has a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-1-0. He shocked the world back in February 2007 when he knocked out highly ranked light heavyweight, Anotonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira in just 23 seconds at PRIDE 33: Second Coming. Following the fight, many fans regarded the knock-out as nothing but sheer luck. Less than two months later, Sokoudjou would prove his critics wrong when he returned at PRIDE 34: Kamikaze as a huge underdog to fight Ricardo Arona. “The African Assassin” shocked the world again by knocking out the Brazilian star in less than two minutes.