Sokoudjou Makes Bellator Debut on June 6

May 26, 2014
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Luiz Cane and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89

As Bellator prepares to embark on its 2014 Summer Series and Season 11 this fall,  the promotion continues to add to the roster with a collection of new signings to bolster an already impressive collection of talent. With the latest additions, Bellator now boasts a lineup of over 180 fighters from around the world.

With the likes of Rampage Jackson, King Mo, Emanuel Newton, Tito Ortiz and Liam McGeary, the Bellator light heavyweight division has seen a dramatic makeover in the last year and the additions continue with Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou joining an already impressive division. “The African Assassin” will make his Bellator debut on June 6 and wants to make his mark on the Bellator light heavyweight division quickly.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Bellator family,” Sokoudjou said. “They have some of the best fighters in the world fighting in their cage and it’s something I want to be a part of. Bellator always has exciting fights for the fans, and it’s something I’m going to continue for Bellator in every one of my fights.”

New Jersey native Tom DeBlass is also joining the Bellator light heavyweight ranks after two TKO victories inside the Bellator cage in 2013. The Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu product has signed a long term extension with Bellator, and is looking to take the next step in his career with a memorable 2014.

“I really feel at home here at Bellator and I appreciate what the promotion is doing,” DeBlass said. “I love fighting, and I have never felt better during my career. I have a great relationship with Bellator, they take care of me, and now with this new deal, it’s time for me to show them I’m one of the best fighters on the roster.”

Currently riding a six-fight win streak that includes four submission finishes and two knockouts, the French born Malik Merad joins Bellator looking to build on an already impressive career. The submission ace boasts 17 finishes in his 19 victories and will look to continue that trend inside the Bellator cage.

Undefeated Russian heavyweight Dmitry Sosnovskiy has joined Bellator fresh off a first round knockout victory over Aleksander Emelianenko. Sosnovskiy joins a division currently featuring Russian heavyweights Vitaly Minakov and Alexander Volkov, and looks to continue in their footsteps.

When New Mexcio’s own Steve Garcia was matched up against Shawn Bunch at Bellator 105, most assumed Bunch and his All-American wrestling credentials would be too much for Garcia. No one told that to the man they call “The Mean Machine”, and Garcia delivered a stunning third round knockout to Bunch that shook up the bantamweight division. The victory earned Garcia a long term contract with Bellator, and the undefeated knockout artist is set to prove his undefeated record isn’t a fluke.

“I’ve said it before, our Scouting and Talent Development team is the best in the business and with another great season in the books, they are back 100% focused on signing exciting, explosive fighters from every corner of the globe,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “I’m very excited about a rash of our recent signings and we’ll be making many more announcements over the summer months.”

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  • TheCerealKiller

    This guy sucks! Riding a two fight losing streak, another UFC cast away makes his move to the UFC graveyard. I know every fighter he has lose to, but I’ve never heard of any of his wins, except Bob Sapp. Giant fail for Bellator. Signing an established 14-12 fighter is not a good move.

    • lowlb

      your opinion..

      • TheCerealKiller

        Are you trying to say I’m wrong?

        Besides, unlike you, I don’t live with my Mom. I would have to drive 1200 miles to slap her.

        • lowlb

          I apologize for my previous comment.
          Why should Soukoudjou stop competing, because you don’t like him? Are you mad that there is another organization where other fighters fight? Why dude? These guys want to fight and make a pay-check. All the UFC has-beens are all bad-ass -man, that why we know their names..
          You take your opinion too seriously.

    • The Prognosticator

      Apparently Cereal Killer is a new MMA fan, as he has never heard of Antonio Rogerio Nogeuira (“Lil Nog”), Ricardo Arona, and Kazuro Nakamura. All notable wins obtained by Rameau Sokoudjou.

  • drkdisciple

    Another irrelevant has been fighter signed by Bellator!

  • factscheckplz

    Bellator keeps signing has been fighters and continue to say they have the best fighters in the world. Bellator is such a joke it’s not even worth watching anymore.

  • King Of The Spread

    And this is news because? Oh yea, he’s another fighter that couldn’t cut it in the UFC and Bellator signed him.

  • Mark McDowall

    Bellator stacking that LHW divisions with has beens and never was’s…

    • Gary Fredericks

      …and never will be again’s.

      • Mark McDowall


  • The Best Eva

    All the potential in the world, just never quite put it all together.

    It’s not too late to make another run.

  • SlapaHoe

    Notice how these jackasses don’t acknowledge the other signings like Dmitry Sosnovskiy, Steve Garcia and Malik Merad. All who have never fought in the ufc. But they just want to focus on the sokoudjou only. Beyond pathetic these zuffa dickriders are.

  • Gary Fredericks

    Bellator is looking the the MMA version of AARP! LOL

    • Gary Fredericks

      For you young’ins, AARP is The American Association of Retired Persons

  • jsjd

    Does anyone else think he threw the fight against Minowa man is the super hulk tournament for Dream. That fight looked like a set up from the get go.