Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Team Quest fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 84, an event that takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Sokoudjou confirmed the bout with ( over the weekend while he was in Columbus to support teammate Dan Henderson at UFC 82. The rumored fight had first been reported by

After posting two high-profile upsets in PRIDE Fighting Championships, Sokoudjou signed a deal with the UFC and made his octagon debut at UFC 79. However, he suffered a second-round submission loss (via triangle choke) to Lyoto Machida. (It was Machida’s first submission victory in nearly four years.)

Prior to his arrival in the UFC, Sokoudjou, a 2001 U.S. Open Judo champion, defeated the heavily favored Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at PRIDE 33. The 23-second knockout was followed up with a two-minute KO of Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 34, and the 23-year-old fighter earned a top-1o spot in many light heavyweight rankings.

Nakamura, meanwhile, will look to rebound from his own loss to Machida. Making his UFC debut after a career spent entirely with PRIDE, the Japanese fighter suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Machida at September’s UFC 76 event.

Nakamura will fight for the first time since failing a subsequent drug test due to marijuana. The California State Athletic Commission issued a 90-day suspension and $500 fine.

UFC 84 features a main event between UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn and former champ Sean Sherk, Additionally, the UFC recently confirmed a few other notable bouts, including Machida vs. Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine.

For the latest UFC 84 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of

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