TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Light Heavyweight opponents Krzysztof Soszynski and Igor Pokrajac face off after weighing in during the UFC 140 Official Weigh-in at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
At UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida, Krzysztof Soszynski (26-11-1; 6-2 UFC) faces Igor Pokrajac (23-8; 2-3 UFC). This is a Light Heavyweight fight and will be the last fight on the ION prelims. Neither man is currently ranked in the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings. The prelims air for the first time on ION (not Spike) starting Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
This fight has the distinction of being the first main event on the ION network UFC prelims. And honestly, that's about the most that can be said here. This is a pretty basic fight between two guys who are both kind of just there in the Light Heavyweight division. Soszynski seems locked into his role as a middle of the pack guy, while Pokrajac showed potential earlier in his UFC run, but may have stalled out. If he can win big here, it could help get things going again.
How do these two stack up?
Soszynski: 34 years old | 6'1" | 77.5" reach
Pokrajac: 32 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Soszynski came into the UFC through the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He came into that show with a lot of experience, as he was a veteran of Strikeforce, the IFL, and more. After losing in the semi-finals, he was quickly picked up by the UFC and started his Octagon career with three straight wins, two via his favored hold - the kimura. He's 3-2 since then, with his highest profile fight coming at UFC 116 in the rematch with Stephan Bonnar.
Pokrajac has been in the UFC for just two years. Before this run, he had success in Europe, largely in his homeland of Croatia. He had a tough debut opponent in Vladimir Matyushenko, and went 0-2 before getting his career best win over James Irvin, but he's 1-1 since that victory. He's coming off a win, so is no going to be cut with a loss here, but really needs to get some consistency if he hopes to stay in the UFC.
Why should you care?
Honestly, I've got nothing for you here. This will be a very workmanlike bout - nothing more, nothing less.
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