“The Duke” returns to the Octagon this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil. Pokrajac will face the hometown favorite Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in a light heavyweight bout. This match could be ‘do or die’ for Pokrajac’s career in the UFC. The Croatian light heavyweight is technically 0-3 in his last three bouts, one being an overturned loss to Joey Beltran due to Beltran testing positive for a banned substance. The man who will be standing across the cage from Pokrajac is also coming off a loss to Thiago Silva in his UFC debut. Cavalcante is the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and is looking to make his mark in the UFC light heavyweight division. “Feijao” is known for his aggressive Muay Thai style and explosive knockout power, with all of his 11 wins coming by referee stoppage due to strikes.
This matchup should be a good candidate for ‘fight of the night’ or ‘knockout of the night’ as both combatants love to stand and bang in the center of the Octagon. In Pokrajac’s last two fights, both his opponents used a similar game plan and held the Croatian on the fence for three rounds to earn a decision win. “The Duke” is a strong striker with a granite jaw and is willing to brawl with anyone in the UFC, but if he doesn’t get a willing opponent, he is unable to unleash his power. Cavalcante should give Pokrajac the type of fight he wants Saturday night. The question is: can the Croatian out strike the Brazilian and get back in the win column Saturday?
Saturday night might just be the biggest fight of Igor “The Duke” Pokrajac’s career, as he faces a former champion and also has his future employment status with the UFC on the line.
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