Rameau Sokoudjou (+1350) upsets Antonio Nogueira (-2300)
Knockout (punch), Round 1
PRIDE 33: The Second Coming — 4/24/2007
Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogeuira, then 12-2 as a mixed martial artist and 9-1 over his last 10 fights specifically, was fed a completely unknown fighter named Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Two fights removed from his Fight of the Year against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Nogueira had been relatively inactive so they gave him a perceived softball who was coming off a KO loss against another then-unknown, Glover Teixeira. No even one gave the Cameroonian a snowball’s chance in hell.
This was not the first squash match the PRIDE Fighting Championship put together, nor the last. However it was the first time and last time an underdog priced over +1000 won a fight in mixed martial arts, as Sokoudjou stormed out of the gate and crumpled the Brazilian with blistering speed and power in just 23 seconds.
It was actually a missed punch that connected with the forearm area that put Rogerio’s lights out, which goes to show the kind of power “Soko” packs in his stocky frame. “The African Assassin” would go on to score an additional upset as a 3-1 underdog vs another established PRIDE veteran, Ricardo Arona, in his next fight.
Unfortunately, just five fights into his MMA career, that would be Sokoudjou’s peak as he never did much afterwards. He had failed stints in the UFC and Strikeforce, compiling a combined 1-4 record, making him the ultimate flash in the pan.
Opening line: +1350 –Bookmaker
Peak line: +1550 — Bookmaker
Closing line: +1350 — Bookmaker