by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has wanted a match-up with Houston Alexander since they both first flashed on the mixed martial arts radar in 2007 with knockout wins over contenders in their debuts in the two biggest MMA promotions in the world at the time, Pride Fighting Championships and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Sokoudjou will get that crack at Alexander at Shark Fights 13 on Saturday night in Amarillo, Texas, in the co-main event of Shark Fights’ entrance into the pay-per-view arena.

Sokoudjou enters the bout riding the momentum of back-to-back wins earlier this year after having faltered in his final two bouts of 2009.

Alexander fell to Kimbo Slice in his final UFC bout and then lost to now-UFC fighter Joey Beltran immediately after that, but has since rebounded with a unanimous decision victory in June.

“I like the opponent, Houston Alexander. He’s powerful and strong, ” Sokoudjou told MMAWeekly.com. “I love the match-up. I’ve always, that’s one of the guys that I’ve always wanted to fight, and now I have an opportunity to do so.”

The Team Quest trained Cameroonian has had an admittedly strenuous training camp, but believes the hard work will result in a victory.

“It’s been a hell of a training camp for me,” commented the 26-year-old athlete. “It’s been really hard.

“I’ve been training different aspects of my game. I’m not afraid to stand up. I’m not afraid to get in the clinch or go to the ground. I’ll be prepared. I’ll be ready for whatever comes up.”

Sokoudjou is confident in his words and in his actions. He’s scheduled a bout with Shamil Abdurahimov on Oct. 22 in the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship in the United Arab Emirates and has another lined up for November.

Clearly he anticipates exiting the fight with Alexander capable to compete just five weeks later.