In his latest interview, our favorite African assassin (much better than the guys from Mobutu who stuff you in a pile of burning tires) was all giddy with news that he obviously wanted to shout from the rooftops but couldn’t for legal reasons. The closest he came to spilling the beans was this statement:
And I’ll be back not in the ring but in the cage DEC 29th in Vegas!
Hmm … well duh, let’s see: How many promotions are there doing cage shows in Las Vegas on the same day as the UFC? What? None? Oh. Hmm … I wonder what that means.
Let’s not call this one a shoe in just yet. We all remember the time the UFC agreed to terms with Fedor and then tried to slip him the standard slave contract. Only time will tell if Sokoudjou falls for this or if he actually gets the right contract. And Sam Caplan has this to add:
I this this could be a case where Sokoudjou didn’t communicate something properly because I just don’t see how a deal with the UFC could have been worked out when he had substantially more lucrative offers from other promotions on the table.
Of course, if you’re a smart guy then the UFC is the place to go. If you lose in the UFC, you can always go back to Japan. But if you lose in Japan, you ain’t gonna get into the UFC. By this rationale alone, it makes sense for Sokoudjou to try his hand fighting for Zuffa first, even if it’s initially for less money than he’d make elsewhere.