Vinny Magalhaes (9-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) appears to have an opponent for his UFC return.
Fresh off the news "The Ultimate Fighter 8" runner-up and M-1 champion has re-signed with the promotion, he's now slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (25-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 152.
Sportsnet's Canadian reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the matchup. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it.
UFC 152 takes place Sept. 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
It's not clear where Magalhaes vs. Pokrajac will be placed on the lineup.
Since a 0-2 stint in the UFC, which included a loss to
Ryan Baderin the "TUF 8" tournament final and a subsequent defeat to Eliot Marshall, Magalhaes has racked up a 7-1 record outside the organization. Half the jiu-jitsu specialist's fights came in M-1, where he won the organization's 205-pound title before a strained relationship with company officials.
The Brazilian now fights for the first time since October when he meets Pokrajac, a Croatian fighter who started his UFC career with a pedestrian 1-3 record. However, he's since scored knockout wins over Todd Brown and Krzysztof Soszynski, as well as a recent decision victory over Fabio Maldonado at UFC on FUEL TV 3.
The latest UFC 152 card now includes:
- Joseph Benavidez vs.
Demetrious Johnson- for inaugural flyweight title
- Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
- Rory MacDonald vs.
- Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac*
- Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes