In a match-up likely to leave spell-check in fits and fans on their feet, the UFC has announced well-rounded Croatian Igor Pokrajac will be filling a vacant slot opposite Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 131 after the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 alumnus’ original opponent, Anthony Perosh, was forced to withdraw due to an injury sustained while training for the June 11 bout.
Though Pokrajac has yet to find his stride in the Octagon, compiling a 2-3 record in the UFC including a win last March at UFC Live 3, he should pose an interesting challenge for “The Polish Experiment” given his propensity for ending things early regardless of how a fight unfolds. Twenty of his twenty-three wins have involved a finishing performance and feature a very respectable ratio between TKOs (12) and submissions (8).
However, while Pokrajac may be comfortable standing or on the ground, the same can also be said for the Soszynski. The 33-year old holds an overall record of 25-11-1 with eleven instances of submission success and ten of the strike-based variety. Among the notches on his belt are wins over Brian Stann, Stephan Bonnar, and most recently Goran Reljic in November.
UFC 131 is headlined by a clash of top heavyweight contenders in the form of Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, and also features Ken Florian making his featherweight debut against 16-1 Diego Nunes in addition to Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz, Donald Cerrone vs. Mac Danzig, plus appearances from Shane Carwin, Dustin Poirier, and a number of other notable Mixed Martial Artists.
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