Maximum Fighting Championship president Mark Pavelich announced last night that his promotion has found the next challenger for Cage Potato guest blogger and reigning MFC light heavyweight champion Ryan “The Big Deal” Jimmo (15-1). Rameau Thierry “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou (12-8) has signed with the Edmonton, Alberta-based organization and will take on Jimmo at MFC 31: The Rundown on Friday, October 7 at the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton. The show will air live on HDNet Fights.
“I am extremely excited to see what happens when Jimmo and Sokoudjou collide. I truly believe it will be the most explosive title fight ever in MFC history,” said Pavelich.“Ryan is a terrific champion and represents the MFC like no other fighter ever has before. Now we’re going to see how he handles the athleticism and pressure that Sokoudjou will put on him.”
Although Sokoudjou (12-8) stumbled in the UFC and hasn’t beaten a top-tier competitor since shocking the world by beating Antonio Rogerio Nogueiria and Ricardo Arona back in PRIDE, he has put together a three-fight winning streak.
As impressive as his most recent run is, it pales in comparison to Jimmo’s 15-fight win streak. If he can beat Sokoudjou by impressive fashion, Jimmo may get a call from the UFC or Strikeforce in the near future.
Ryan will be blogging the weekly happenings of his training camp for us, so watch for that in the coming weeks.