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    Bellator signs Sokoudjou, announces Curran vs. Pitbull rematch is off due to injury

    By Mookie Alexander @mookiealexander on May 22 2014, 4:10p
    Bellator 121 has lost its highly anticipated main event but gains the promotional debut of Sokoudjou.Another Bellator champion is out with an injury, as featherweight belt-holderPat Curran has been forced to withdraw from his rematch with Patricio Freire after he strained his right calf muscle. A Bellator press release confirmed the news late last night, leaving the June 6th "Summer Series" card without a main event.
    Curran (20-5) defeated Pitbull last year in a thrilling split decision victory, but after defending his title against Shahbuhlat Shamhalaev he lost in an upset to Daniel Straus atBellator 106. He recaptured the championship in March by choking out Straus with 14 seconds left in the final round. Freire (21-2) blasted through the season 9 FW tourney, but he's been highly vocal of Bellator after they skipped over giving him his rematch to do Straus vs. Curran.
    It's certainly a downer for fight fans as these two put forth a great battle last year, and Curran has become the 3rd different injured Bellator champion (joining Eduardo Dantas and Eddie Alvarez) in the past month.
    As Bellator looks for a new main event for it's first post-PPV card, today they announced the signing of the one and only Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The 30-year-old (14-12) has lost his last 2 fights by KO to relative unknowns in Russia, and has lost 4 of his last 6. At the height of his career, Sokoudjou KO'd Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in PRIDE, parlaying that into a (failed) stint in the UFC. Since his 2008 release, Sokoudjou has hopped around the globe, but hasn't competed in the US since 2010. He will debut against an opponent TBD at Bellator 121.

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    Bellator should sign Arona. Dangling a rematch with Sokoudjou in front of him would be a bonus for him to knock off the excuses, get in shape and fight. If that worked out, they could talk a rampage rematch, too.

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    I was about to make a "counting down 'til they sign Arona" joke, but honestly, if he hasn't come back after the injuries to make semi-big money with ZUFFA, all these years later I just don't see him ever coming back.

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    Arona is just not interested in MMA anymore. And even if he comes back, he will obviously not be the same he was 10 years ago.

    As for Sokoudjou, he made a big impact in Pride, but since then, he has been extremely irregular. His biggest win after Pride is probably Kazuhiro Nakamura, 6 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    Arona is just not interested in MMA anymore. And even if he comes back, he will obviously not be the same he was 10 years ago.

    As for Sokoudjou, he made a big impact in Pride, but since then, he has been extremely irregular. His biggest win after Pride is probably Kazuhiro Nakamura, 6 years ago.
    all he is really known for is the two wins in pride and falling short every other place

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    signing these former pride and ufc fighters is risky, but can draw eyeballs. And if you have hungry fighters who can beat them, it rises their stock a bit. I think Bellator is a shark tank, in many of their divisions. But Lightheavy seems to be a bit weak. They need to bring in some real killers for that division and put guys like Rampage and Tito to the test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pasha K View Post
    Arona is just not interested in MMA anymore. And even if he comes back, he will obviously not be the same he was 10 years ago.

    As for Sokoudjou, he made a big impact in Pride, but since then, he has been extremely irregular. His biggest win after Pride is probably Kazuhiro Nakamura, 6 years ago.
    If he hasn't been training MMA it will have past him by this point. The fighters are so much better now then they were back in the Pride days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    I was about to make a "counting down 'til they sign Arona" joke, but honestly, if he hasn't come back after the injuries to make semi-big money with ZUFFA, all these years later I just don't see him ever coming back.
    I thought he was complaining about zuffa low-balling him, along with Hellboy and a few other guys they should have picked up--and paid.

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    If he hasn't been training MMA it will have past him by this point. The fighters are so much better now then they were back in the Pride days.
    I don't think he'll be competitive overall. But if they were guaranteed as part of his signing, I bet he'd love those two rematches, and he can certainly match up well against either fighter. Two nice paydays, win or lose, and potential to parlay that into more if he's healthy and training. Obviously, that's a big "if..."

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