Attempting some tricky counter-intuitive fighter alchemy, Joe Silva is matching up the fast and exciting Sokoudjou against deliberate and boring Lyoto Machida at UFC79. I’m kinda surprised that the UFC has decided to debut Sok against Machida … the African Assassin was like the Houston Alexander of PRIDE, and it would only take one knockout on an Ultimate Fight Night to put the beefy black judoka over the top with everyone.
Instead, they’ve matched Sok up against a fighter who’s known for stifling his opponent’s offense and earning himself calculated decisions. So it’s really a question of who can force their game plan on the other. If I was Sokoudjou my plan would be to rip the fucker’s knee in half, because he’s apparently really good at that.