Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac
We head to the light heavyweight division next, as Rafael Cavalcante (11-4) seeks his first win since 2011 – and first inside the Octagon – against Igor Pokrajac (25-10). Pokrajc hasn’t won a fight in his last three, going 0-2 with one no-contest and was staring a hole through “Feijao” before the fighter announcements were made.
Kevin MacDonald is the referee for this contest. It’s been a rough stretch for the South Americans, who have lost the last five fights.
Round 1: Feijao appears unimpressed by the staring threat, as the two exchange right hands to start the action. Pokrajac has him up against the fence and is grinding away, much to the disinterest of the Brazilian crowd. Feijao catches him in a clinch and is unloading with knees as Pokrajac wilts. Cavalcante continues to punish him with rights to the head and the ref steps in, snapping the string of losses by the South American-born fighters.
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante def. Igor Pokrajac via submission (strikes) at 1:18 of Round 1