The “African Assasian” Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou breaks down his disappointing UFC debut to Lyoto Machida, in a recent interview on UFC.com.
“My mistake was taking the Machida fight too serious, you know….“I’d been out too long, nearly eight months, and I’d put too much pressure on myself. I got in there, and I just didn’t show up. It’s one of those things where you train, and you think you’re ready . . . and then you get in there and things don’t go your way.”
“I think I’ve always been mentally prepared, but usually I go into a fight just as if I’m going to practice . . . I go there, play, and go home. In the Machida fight I was going in to fight–and that’s a mistake. I’ve never let that happen to myself before. So this time I’m going in just to play….It’s kind of funny, the reason I’m fighting today is because of Nakamura, and now here I am, it’s me who’s got to fight him….But, I’ve always wanted to fight Nakamura, ever since then.”
“I know Nakamura will come out bullrushing me, so I’ll keep my hands on his face and punch the crap out of him….I’ve seen a few of his tapes, he’s a tough guy. Always goes forward, and never stops. It’ll be an interesting fight.”
“It was a little bit surprising….I just wasn’t able to get myself back together and come back and do what I was supposed to do. But we move on.”
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou takes on Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84 “Ill Will” on May 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.