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Report: Sokoudjou balks at UFC offer, signs with EliteXC

Sokoudjou signs with EliteXC
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Looks like Brandon Vera was on to something.

After much speculation, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has agreed to terms on a four-fight contract with Showtime's EliteXC, according to a report from Sherdog.com.

This agreement comes in the wake of the UFC's "less than spectacular" offer that UFCmania confirmed was made to the Cameroonian combatant last week.

Like Vera, the UFC apparently didn't see much value in a young, talented fighter with a penchant for striking.

And their laissez-faire approach to negotiating didn't sit well with Sokoudjou's managers Dan Henderson and Ryan Parsons.

In our exclusive report, Sokoudjou explains his "hands off" approach to contract negotiations, instead letting the guys at Team Quest decide what's best for his future.

I guess they decided the better money -- not the better competition -- was best for Sokoudjou's future.

During my exclusive interview with the African Assassin, Sokoudjou made it clear that Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was the fighter he wanted to face next.

Now that opportunity may pass him by as he heads to the land of milk and honey - which by all intents and purposes should be the UFC.

I guess after the purchase of PRIDE they're a little strapped for cash.

At just 23, there's no question Sokoudjou still has a very bright future ahead of him.

But the way this sport is evolving, spending a year or two toiling in the ranks of unknown and unproven fighters may cost him the momentum he's built up after shocking KO wins over Brazilian superstars Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona.

And the desire fans have to see him face the division's best.

Shogun included.

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