Today the UFC officially announced the signing of “The African Assassin” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou as well as his UFC debut bout against Lyoto Machida at UFC 79 in December.
Sokoudjou currently has a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-1-0. Following a first-round TKO loss at WEC 24 in late-2006 Sokoudjou rebounded to take the MMA world by storm by topping favorites Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona. The two KO wins took little more than-two minutes combined.
He will face a tough test in his UFC debut against the undefeated, 11-0 Machida. Since debuting at UFC 67 in February Machida has earned three straight victories in the octagon over Sam Hoger, David Heath, and Kazuhiro Nakamura. Prior to coming to the UFC Machida also earned victories over UFC veterans BJ Penn, Rich Franklin, and Stephan Bonnar.