“In the three fights I had, I had two wins and one loss, Bellator has been looking out for me,” Vassell told MMAWeekly.com. “So it was a good year fighting and competing. Obviously the end of the year wasn’t the greatest, but it got me to where I am now.”
In looking back at the fight with Newton, Vassell sees where he made mistakes and has made changes accordingly.
“It was one of those things that if I had position, I should have taken my time and actually controlled the fight a bit more instead of just going for a finish,” said Vassell. “I was flying out the week of the fight, flying 14 hours, but now I’m in Florida training, so I’m not going to have to travel a lot to get to the destination.
“When I get to a place, it won’t be like a 10-hour difference, so that’s going to be a big thing for me. I won’t have to mess around with things like getting my sleeping schedule back around.”
Vassell (14-4, 1NC) will look to get back on the winning track on Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, when he takes on Pride and UFC vet Rameau Theirry Sokoudjou (16-12).
“I think he’s going to come out and barrage me with kicks and overhands, trying to overwhelm me, but that will set me up to take him down or to counter,” said Vassell of Sokoudjou. “Once I got him down, it’s just a matter of time before I finish him by TKO or submission.”
With a win over Sokoudjou, Vassell sees himself right back in title contention in 2015.
“Definitely, I think it will get me a number one contender fight or a world title fight,” said Vassell. “With a win over him, I can’t see why they wouldn’t give me another shot.”