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UFC 79: Sokoudjou talks Octagon debut, Machida fight and more


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"I watched Forrest beat (Mauricio) ‘Shogun' Rua (at UFC 76 in September), and I got right on the phone and told my people that the UFC is where I wanted to be. I mean, no disrespect to Forrest, but Shogun is Shogun. I wasn't expecting Forrest to win. But when I saw how strong Forrest fought I realized just how deep the talent was in the UFC light heavyweight division. Other companies might have offered me more money, but I'm competitive, man. The level of competition isn't the same in other places. If I'm fighting bad competition, I get lazy and I don't train my best. If I know I am fighting the best it brings out the best of me in the gym."

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou talks about his journey from Cameroon in Africa to the Octagon in Las Vegas on December 29 at UFC 79: "Nemesis" against undefeated light heavyweight Lyoto Machida. He also mentions that his parents back home have no idea that he is a high-profile fighter even with sensational stoppages of top-ranked stars such as Antonio Rogerio Nogueria and Ricardo Arona under the Pride FC banner. That could all change with a win on New Year's Eve weekend.

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