"My mistake was taking the Machida fight too serious, you know." "I'd been out too long, nearly eight months, and I'd put too much pressure on myself.-- Thierry Sokoudjou's plan heading into his fight with Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84. To depressurize.
"I know Nakamura will come out bullrushing me, so I'll keep my hands on his face and punch the crap out of him." "I've seen a few of his tapes, he's a tough guy. Always goes forward, and never stops. It'll be an interesting fight."
"I think I've always been mentally prepared, but usually I go into a fight just as if I'm going to practice . . . I go there, play, and go home. In the Machida fight I was going in to fight--and that's a mistake. I've never let that happen to myself before. So this time I'm going in just to play... and it's just a fight, and I'll go home with a win. No pressure, no nothing. Play time."