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UFC 161 adds Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac and John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke

It looks like the injury Ryan Jimmo sustained in his bout with James Te Huna will not keep him out of the Octagon too long, because Jimmo has signed on for a bout in his native Canada at UFC 161 on June 15. That was Jimmo’s first loss since his MMA debut. He did not do too bad in his fight with Te Huna, because he nearly finished it in the first round with a head-kick. At UFC 161, he will be taking on Croatian born fighter Igor Pokrajac.

Pokrajac’s record in the Octagon stands at 4-4-0-1, and the only reason it does not stand at 4-5 is Joey Beltran failed his drug test. If Jimmo wants to keep this fight standing he should not have a problem, as Pokrajac is content to stand up in his fights – nearly half of his wins come by way of TKO or KO. Hopefully, a fight with two people coming off losses does not make this potentially exciting bout turn boring.

John Maguire will be going down another weight class after fighting at middleweight and welterweight for all of his career. Maguire started out in the UFC with a bang by winning his first two bouts, but losses to John Hathaway and Matt Riddle set him back. He was talking about going back to middleweight after the loss to Riddle, but it looks like he was persuaded a drop to 155 would be best.

When facing Mitch Clarke, he will be facing another fighter coming off of two straight losses. A loss for either of them would most likely mean their exit from the promotion. The difference between the two is that Clarke has never had a win in the Octagon, but he did start his career out with nine straight wins so maybe some of that potential will shine through in this fight.

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