Team Quest Hits Busy Time Across The Globe

Luiz Cane and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89

Luiz Cane and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89

In existence since 2000, under the leadership of Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland, Team Quest has become a consistent presence on the
world’s biggest stages of mixed martial arts.

With more than 40 fighters on the Team Quest roster and three locations, there’s always a lot going on in the camp.

Despite a victory less than one month ago – over former WEC champ Brian Stann at UFC 97 – Krzysztof Soszynski is making a quick turnaround to replace Houston Alexander at UFC 98. He will face Andre Gusmao in the May 23 bout.

Initial plans had been for Soszynski to heal up a couple of minor nagging injuries before returning to the Octagon, but when Alexander had to drop out, the cerebral fighter quickly stepped in.

“Of all the guys I’m associated with, he’s got one of the highest MMA IQs I have ever seen,” his manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., told recently. “He had a lot of injuries going into that last fight and he fought through them. He had a game plan and it worked exactly as he planned.”

Soszynski will be looking to add on to his current five-fight winning streak at UFC 98.

After a tremendous ride with Pride Fighting Championships– where he knocked out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona – Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou skidded out in the UFC, going 1-2, before losing to Renato “Babalu” Sobral in Affliction’s second stand.

He will now head back to Japan to fight for the Dream promotion. On May 26, he will compete in the eight-man open weight tournament at Dream 9. Sokoudjou will fight Jan Nortje in the opening round of the tournament, which also features the likes of Gegard Mousasi, Bob Sapp, Ikuhisa Minowa, Hong Man Choi, Mark Hunt, and former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco.

Joining Sokoudjou in Japan on May 26 is Joe Warren. A tremendous pedigree in wrestling, Warren made a big splash in his MMA debut
defeating former WEC champion Chase Beebe in the opening round of the Dream Featherweight Grand Prix.

Things don’t get any easier for the MMA neophyte at Dream 9. He steps in to face one of the most popular and successful fighters in Japan, as he takes on the 17-1 Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto in only his second time in the ring.

Undefeated Team Quest 135-pound fighter Kiko Lopez, currently 4-0, is looking to make it five straight victories to start his career. He fights on May 16 for King of the Cage in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Joining Lopez on the same fight card is Fernando Gonzalez. A King of the Cage veteran with a strong 14-6 record, Gonzalez has been up and down over his past 10 fights or so, and is looking to build on his win in late April at Gladiator Challenge.

Team Quest will also have a significant presence at the upcoming War Godz event on May 30. Described by Heath Sims as one of Team
Quest’s “top young fighters,” Tarec Saffiedine will put his 6-0 record on the line. He is part of the undercard supporting a main event bout between his teammate Lew Polley and veteran Vernon “Tiger” White.