UFC 161 fight card primer: Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents their UFC 161 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson. Here, we look at Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac.

At UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson, two Light Heavyweights square off. Ryan Jimmo (17-2 MMA; 1-1 UFC) takes on Igor Pokrajac (25-9(1) MMA; 4-4(1) UFC). This is the third of five main card fights on the UFC 161 PPV. UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson airs live on PPV this Saturday June 15, with the main PPV card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.

There's really no way to say this. Jimmo vs. Pokrajac should not be this high up on the card. With both men coming off of losses, and neither one a particularly notable figure in the Light Heavyweight division, this has prelim written all over it. But such is the case when 2 of your top 3 fights are cancelled due to injury. These two Light Heavyweights have been given a nice opportunity as a result. Let's see if one can capitalize with a big win.

How do these two stack up?

Jimmo: 31 years old | 6'1"
Pokrajac: 34 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Jimmo: L - James Te Huna (UD) | W - Anthony Perosh (KO) | W - Sokoudjou (UD)
Pokrajac: NC - Joey Beltran | L - Vinny Magalhaes (Sub) | W - Fabio Maldonado (UD)

How did these two get here?

Ryan Jimmo is probably best known as that bald guy who dances the robot when he wins. The former MFC champion made a pretty spectacular UFC debut at the similarly ill-fated UFC 149 last summer, knocking out Perosh in just 8 seconds. Prior to that, he was on a 16 fight win streak, with victories over the likes of Sokoudjou and Emanuel Newton. Many of those wins were dull decisions, which weigh heavy in the minds of some fans. In his last fight, he was defeated by Te Huna, his first loss since his pro debut back in 2007.

More on UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson

Igor Pokrajac has been in the UFC consistently since UFC 103 back in 2009, yet has remained largely under the radar that entire time. With no particularly notable UFC fights (though some good wins over the likes of Maldonado and K-Sos), Pokrajac is kind of just there in the division. His last fight was originally a decision loss to Joey Beltran, but a failed drug test from Beltran switched it to a No Contest.

Why should you care?

Well... I guess Jimmo could land another quick KO? Plus, you might get to see his robot. Good enough for you? No? Yeah, me neither.


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