This is a very important fight for both men. Both lost their last fights to Lyoto Machida, and need an impressive win to show fans the skills they demonstrated in Pride.
In pre-fight comments, Sokoudjou vows to combat Nakamura's samurai spirit with his jungle spirit. Soko's got Dan Henderson in his corner while Nakamura holds the banner for Hidehiko Yoshida.
Sokoudjou starts with some hard leg kicks, reminiscent of his fights ith Nogueira and Arona. Just vicious low kicks, and follows with a high kick. Soko looks much more relaxed than his Octagon debut. Nakamura with a nice flying knee. He follows with a hard right hook. Nakamura is diving in with punches and then moving out. Some booing from the crowd with the standup a little tentative, but it has been a good round. Soko drops Nakamura at the end of the round and follows with hammerfists. Nakamura is saved by the bell, because Soko was close to finishing. Nakamura needs help going to his corner and is really disoriented. His cornerman literally carries him to his stool like deadweight, and Nakamura falls off the stool. The ref stops the fight and it's over. Soko wins via ref stoppage between rounds 1 and 2.
What happened was Soko threw a high right kick. Nakamura blocked that with his hand, but that left Soko an opening, and he followed through with a straight right punch that knocked Nakamura silly.
Sokoudjou this fight and Sokoudjou his last fight was like night and day. Soko after the fight admits that he put too much pressure on himself for his UFC debut and was too serious. This time he wanted to have fun and it paid off.
Sokoudjou challenged Mauricio "Shogun" Rua with his last comment.