Ryan Jimmo jazzed for MFC 31 scrap with Sokoudjou

Ryan Jimmo doesn’t enter every fight looking for it to go to the scorecards. No, the current MFC light heavyweight champ wishes he could finish every single opponent put in front of him.

But, it isn’t just as easy as saying, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna knock Wilson Gouveia out, or, ‘Yeah, I think I’ll submit Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.’

Of Jimmo’s fifteen career wins, seven of them have went to a decision including five of the past six. Included in that stretch is a win over Gouveia in 2010 with Sokoudjou next on the list in a bout this Friday night at MFC 31 (broadcast live on HDNet).

“The fights that have been boring and gone the distance have usually come against wrestlers,” said Jimmo, in an exclusive interview with MMATraining.com. “I’m not the one clinching up. I out-strike the wrestlers so they want to clinch and turn it into a hug match. I think if I have the right fight stylistically, then I can have an exciting fight.”

Jimmo (15-1) believes that the Gouveia bout should have been stopped early due to the pounding he was inflicting on his opponent. The Canadian also feels like he did everything he could to finish Zak Cummings when the two met in April for his title.

“I hit him harder than I’ve hit anyone in my life,” Jimmo said, “but he just licked his lips and kept coming forward. I think he has a cinder block for a head.”

With the Sokoudjou match set for this weekend, Jimmo will have another chance to impress those in attendance and everyone in the MMA world against a man he classifies as one of his toughest opponents to date.

“(When they offered me this fight I said) right away, let’s do it, no problem,” Jimmo said. “I think either Sokoudjou or Gouveia is my toughest opponent. I think Gouveia was a more coveted opponent. He didn’t have the look or explosiveness of Sokoudjou, but he had the other elements that Sokoudjou hasn’t shown.”

How things will play out, and whether or not Jimmo can cement a shot in the UFC with a victory over the Team Quest grappler, remains to be seen but one thing is certain – the “Big Deal” will be trying to score a “big finish” come showtime.

MMATraining Take: Jimmo has said in previous interviews that the UFC is looking to sign him up if he can continue winning. Against Sokoudjou, he gets a man that is known quite well around the world in MMA. With so much riding on his match, look for Jimmo to try and finish it early to make a statement victory before heading off to the UFC.

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