We're sorry that we lost him. I guess K-1 is either throwing a lot of money or a lot of promises around. I would have thought that he would have wanted to fight in the United States. I guess that won't happen now. I learned a lesson here: I'm not flying anyone in until they're ready to ink a deal. I don't need to have pretty faces in the audience that I pay to fly in.
-- EliteXC President Gary Shaw on Sherdog.com responding to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou's decision to sign with K-1 despite reaching a verbal agreement on a four-fight contract with Shaw back in June.