The UFC recently added the fight to the event’s 13-bout official fight card, which is headlined by Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort and also features Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Junior dos Santos and Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann.
Matyushenko (23-4), who fought Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight title at UFC 33 and last-fought for the promotion in a loss to Andrei Arlovski in 2003, has gone 9-1 since leaving the Octagon, with his lone loss over the span coming against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at a January Affliction event. “The Janitor,” a former IFL light heavyweight champ, was last in action in May, defeating fellow UFC veteran Jason Lambert by unanimous decision.
Pokrajac (21-5), a teammate of UFC heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, is currently riding an eight-fight win streak that includes first-round stoppages in his four most-recent victories. He was last in action in April, defeating Kalvis Gebauers via first-round TKO at a World Free Fight Challenge event in Slovenia.
Pictured: Vladmir Matyushenko