Asking for Nothing, Sokoudjou Intends to Force Bellator’s Hand

While finding consistency has been an issue for light-heavyweight Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the past, with two straight wins following his signing to Bellator, he hopes to have put his problems in the past.

“It’s always a good year when you get a bunch of wins,” Sokoudjou said of his 2014. “I got my momentum going and had some good showings. I’m sure there are a few things I could have done better, but at the end of the day only the victory matters. I’m happy with the results.”

Nine years and nearly 30 fights into his career, Sokoudjou told that he still feels he’s evolving as a fighter.

“Like with anything you have to reinvent yourself,” he said. “Back in the day, it used to be guys knew only one thing, but now you always have to reinvent yourself to keep up. Whether it’s through training or whatever, you have to stay current.”

It’s understanding that fighters must grow from their roots that Sokoudjou (16-12) believes his upcoming fight with Bellator title contender Linton Vassell (14-4, 1NC) could be more than a clash of styles on Friday at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

“It seems to be a stand-up (fighter) versus a grappler, but I’m not going to disrespect his striking, so it’s going to be interesting,” said Sokoudjou of his fight with Vassell.

While Sokoudjou has title aspirations, he feels rather than demanding things to happen, the best way to make opportunities arise is to stay consistent and perform well in his fights.

“I don’t make those decisions, but I’m sure I can force the person who makes those decisions to make it happen,” he said. “The only way to do that is to win this fight. We all want to fight for the belt and the things we want, but at the end of the day you have to show that you’re ready for it in order for it to come.

“For now I’m going to take it one fight at a time and see where it takes me. In a few words, I want to put myself in the position that I don’t need to ask for anything. I want my results to speak for me.”

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