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Default Sokoudjou Kicks Off New Year at Affliction



Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - by Tom Hamlin - MMAWeekly.com
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has too much time on his hands.

He’s just finished a training session with mentor Dan Henderson and the others at Team Quest South, and says he has a stack of 10 DVD’s waiting for him at home.

“I have nothing going on besides school and fighting right now,” Sokoudjou told MMAWeekly.com. “I don’t have a family where I need some time to spend with family, all I have is fighting, so I want to do this 100 percent.”

After almost three years as a professional fighter, his mom still doesn’t know what he does for a living. According to him, there’s only one channel in Cameroon, and it’s in French. If he fights there, the jig might be up.

Last March, the Cameroon native decided he’d had enough of waiting around, and enrolled in ITT Technical Institute, because, as they say, you can’t fight forever.

He’s now studying to become a network security specialist at the technical college. It gives him something to do, and takes his mind off his job. In the past, he overtrained because there wasn’t much else to do. He went into fights feeling less than sharp.

“I wasn’t listening to my body,” Sokoudjou said. “I thought I was. I (was) just going in there, (saying) I want to beat this guy. I want to be flashy. I want to show some skills. So, not keeping it simple.”

Sokoudjou wants to keep it simple for his upcoming fight with Renato “Babalu” Sobral at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning.” It’s always a temptation to get creative.

“In my first UFC fight there was a lot of pressure, but after that, I told myself I’m in this because I love it,” he said. “It’s recreation for me. The only thing I’m still kind of dealing with is trying to do things – watch a bu