January 2, 1979|
|Other names||The Duke|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Team||American Top Team, Team CroCop|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bojan Mirkovic|
|Years active||2003–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Igor Pokrajac (born January 2, 1979) is a Croatian mixed martial artist, who currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2003, Pokrajac has also formerly competed for K-1, KSW, It's Showtime, and Jungle Fight promotions.
Mixed martial arts career
Pokrajac started his professional MMA career in 2003, primarily competing in his native Croatia. Over the next six years, he compiled an impressive record of 21-5.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In August 2009, it was announced he had signed with the UFC, with his first fight taking place against Vladimir Matyushenko on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Pokrajac next faced James Te-Huna on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110. Pokrajac lost again, this time via third-round TKO, due to strikes. This loss was somewhat controversial, as Te Huna had Pokrajac in a modified crucifix position on the mat and landed five to six clean shots to Pokrajac's face and although Pokrajac was not able to defend himself from this position, he was signalling to the referee that he was okay, although the ref did not acknowledge this, and stopped the fight after the unanswered shots from Te Huna. Although visibly dazed, Pokrajac disputed the stoppage directly after the fight to no avail.
Pokrajac then faced James Irvin on August 1, 2010 at UFC on Versus 2. Midway through the first round, Pokrajac took Irvin down and immediately got side control on the floor. After taking multiple strikes, Irvin rolled over and was submitted by a rear naked choke, handing Pokrajac his first UFC victory.
Pokrajac defeated Todd Brown on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann by TKO at the conclusion of the first round. Brown was dropped by a knee in the final minute and hit with several clean follow up shots, being saved by the end of the round. When the fighters went back to their corners, Brown was unable to stand on his own power and the fight was stopped.
Pokrajac was expected to face Krzysztof Soszynski on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131, replacing an injured Anthony Perosh. However, Pokrajac was himself forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by returning UFC veteran Mike Massenzio.
Pokrajac was expected to face Thiago Silva on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, replacing an injured Brandon Vera. However, Silva was pulled from the bout to face Alexander Gustafsson on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2 after Gustafsson's original opponent Antônio Rogério Nogueira pulled out of the bout citing an injury. Pokrajac instead faced Fábio Maldonado at the event. He won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Pokrajac next faced Joey Beltran on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6, replacing an injured Anthony Perosh. Pokrajac lost the fight via unanimous decision. However, on January 10, 2013, it was announced that Beltran had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for nandrolone and the result of the bout was changed to No Contest.
After being released from Ultimate Fighting Championship Pokrajac signed for Croatia's Final Fight Championship promotion. His debut was expected to be against Maciej Browarski, but he was replaced and he will now make his debout in heavyweight division against Archontis Taxiarchis at FFC 18 - Ljubljana on 17 April 2015. He weighted 102 kg at official weight ins.
Second UFC stint
After recording three first round stoppage victories on the regional circuit across the Balkans, Pokrajac was re-signed for a second stint in the UFC. He faced Jan Błachowicz on April 10, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 86. Pokrajac lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|42 matches||28 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||28–13 (1)||Jan Błachowicz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos||April 10, 2016||3||5:00||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||28–12 (1)||Zauri Maisuradze||Submission (armbar)||FFC 20: Zagreb||October 23, 2015||1||1:16||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||27–12 (1)||Rudolf Pavlin||TKO (elbows)||Montenegro Fighting Championship 3||July 27, 2015||1||2:35||Budva, Montenegro||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Win||26–12 (1)||Archontis Taxiarchis||TKO (punches)||FFC 18: Ljubljana||April 17, 2015||1||3:03||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Heavyweight debut.|
|Loss||25–12 (1)||Marcos Rogério de Lima||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway||December 20, 2014||1||1:59||Barueri, Brazil|
|Loss||25–11 (1)||Rafael Cavalcante||Submission (knees and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||1||1:18||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Loss||25–10 (1)||Ryan Jimmo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|NC||25–9 (1)||Joey Beltran||NC (overturned)||UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson||December 15, 2012||3||5:00||Gold Coast, Australia||Originally a unanimous decision win for Beltran; overturned after he tested positive for banned substances.|
|Loss||25–9||Vinny Magalhães||Submission (armbar)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||2||1:14||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||25–8||Fábio Maldonado||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||24–8||Krzysztof Soszynski||KO (punches)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||1||0:35||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||23–8||Todd Brown||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||1||5:00||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||22–8||Stephan Bonnar||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale||December 4, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–7||James Irvin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko||August 1, 2010||1||2:28||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||21–7||James Te Huna||TKO (punches)||UFC 110||February 21, 2010||3||3:26||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||21–6||Vladimir Matyushenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||21–5||Kalvis Gebauers||TKO (punches)||WFC 8: D-Day||April 18, 2009||1||1:16||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Win||20–5||Roderik Jambor||TKO (punches and elbows)||K-1 ColliZion 2009 Croatia||March 21, 2009||1||1:09||Split, Croatia|
|Win||19–5||Mihajlo Fincur||TKO (punches)||Grand Fight||December 27, 2008||1||3:59||Varaždin, Croatia|
|Win||18–5||Patrik Javicky||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Fight: Challenge 3||December 6, 2008||1||1:42||Samobor, Croatia|
|Win||17–5||Jan Antoska||Submission (armbar)||Hell Cage 1||May 3, 2008||2||3:39||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Win||16–5||Martin Zawada||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Balans: It’s Showtime 75MAX Trophy Final 2008||March 15, 2008||1||1:01||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands|
|Win||15–5||Marko Sintic||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Fight: Challenge 2||December 15, 2007||2||2:00||Samobor, Croatia|
|Win||14–5||Ladislav Zak||Decision (unanimous)||OB-Gula: Fight Night||December 8, 2007||3||5:00||Ogulin, Croatia|
|Loss||13–5||Mamed Khalidov||Submission (kneebar)||Boxing Explosion 2||August 2, 2007||2||0:55||Pag, Croatia|
|Win||13–4||Bojan Spalevic||TKO (elbows)||Osijek Challenge 07||May 27, 2007||1||0:43||Osijek, Croatia|
|Win||12–4||Slaven Planinic||TKO (knee and punches)||Bilic Fight Night||April 25, 2007||1||3:09||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||11–4||Sasa Lazic||Submission (armbar)||Noc Gladiatora 1||March 16, 2007||1||2:02||Karlovac, Croatia|
|Loss||10–4||Assuerio Silva||Decision (split)||Jungle Fight Europe||December 17, 2006||3||5:00||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Win||10–3||Ivan Brguljan||Decision (unanimous)||International Fight Night||August 3, 2006||1||4:01||Opatija, Croatia|
|Win||9–3||Lukasz Jurkowski||Decision (split)||Sukosan Fight Night||September 9, 2006||2||1:41||Sukošan, Croatia|
|Win||8–3||Jure Lucic||Submission (armbar)||Ultimate Nokaut 4||March 17, 2006||1||3:19||Karlovac, Croatia|
|Win||7–3||Ivan Bacic||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Nokaut 3||December 17, 2005||1||0:59||Rijeka, Croatia|
|Loss||6–3||Lukasz Jurkowski||TKO (corner stoppage)||KSW IV: Konfrontacja||September 10, 2005||2||5:00||Warsaw, Poland|
|Win||6–2||Branislav Zeman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Nokaut 2||July 29, 2005||2||2:49||Zadar, Croatia|
|Loss||5–2||Miodrag Petkovic||TKO (punches)||Ultimate Nokaut 1||March 11, 2005||2||4:51||Karlovac, Croatia|
|Win||5–1||Peter Cakic||TKO (punches and elbows)||Trboulje 2: Croatia vs Slovenia||February 12, 2005||1||2:25||Trbovlje, Slovenia|
|Loss||4–1||Miodrag Petkovic||KO (punches)||Ultimate Fight Dubravc||April 4, 2004||2||3:21||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||4–0||Andre Castro||KO (knee)||DF: Durata World Grand Prix 1||May 3, 2003||1||2:00||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||3–0||Matthias Riccio||TKO (doctor stoppage)||DF: Durata World Grand Prix 1||May 3, 2003||1||4:00||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||2–0||Pavel Botka||TKO (punches)||DF: Durata World Grand Prix 1||May 3, 2003||1||4:00||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Win||1–0||Nik Peric||TKO (knees)||Strabag Free Fight||February 9, 2003||1||1:33||Rijeka, Croatia|
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- FFC 18 Ljubljana: Petje defends title, Igor "The Duke" Pokrajac to debut in the FFC!
- FFC 18 vaga: Svi uspješno stali na vagu, Brestovac 118.5 kg, Pokrajac 102kg! (FOTO)(in Croatian)
- Staff (2015-01-28). "Gonzaga-Magomedov, Blachowicz-Pokrajac, other bouts join UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-28.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-04-10). "UFC Fight Night 86 results: Jan Blachowicz outworks Igor Pokrajac for decision victory". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
- Dave Doyle (2017-01-11). "Igor Pokrajac vs. Ed Herman set for UFC 209". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
- Marcel Dorff (2017-02-07). "Igor Pokrajac out, Gadzimurad Antigulov against Ed Herman at UFC 209". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-02-16. (in Dutch)