While the main event tilt between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson is understandably drawing most of the pre-fight coverage as UFC 161 nears, another interesting light-heavyweight bout set for the card will see Igor Pokrajac take on Ryan Jimmo. Not only are both men experienced strikers with plenty of MMA bouts under their belts, but in the ‘now he’s cut’ age of the UFC, both veterans need a win. Pokrajac is coming off back-to-back losses to Vinny Magalhaes and Joey Beltran (although the latter was declared a no contest after Beltran flunked his post-fight drug test), and Jimmo dropped a unanimous decision to James Te Huna in his last outing.
Considering that Jimmo took Anthony Perosh out in just seven seconds, prior to facing Te Huna, and had won 17 straight fights before that, he may not be on as big a bubble as Pokrajac. But you never know. In a recent appearance on MMA Junkie.com Radio, Pokrajac relayed that he’s more than ready for Jimmo, so much so, “I can go for 24 hours”, evidently like a porsche in the all day Le Mans race.
And as far the Mirko “Cro Cop” student’s thoughts on Jimmo? Pokrajac said this:
“That fight with Te Huna, he showed a lot of weaknesses,” Pokrajac said. “I see some holes in his game. Those fights before the UFC, they don’t concern me because those people aren’t of the quality of UFC fighters. So I’m just watching those last two fights that he had in the UFC, and I honed in on that.”
Guess it’s pretty clear Pokrajac doesn’t think much of Jimmo’s lengthy winning streak. Prior to his recent bouts with Beltran and Magalhaes, Pokrajac had scored three straight wins , which included a quick knockout of Kryzstof Soszynski at UFC 140. It should also be noted that the Croatian fought Te Huna in 2010 at UFC 110, and was stopped in the third round. It will be interesting to see whether Pokrajac comes out guns blazing or sits backs, as if it’s the latter, the fight will likely go to decision.
UFC 161 will be hosted by the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.