As expected, multi-time jiu-jitsu champion and former M-1 Global titleholder Vinny Magalhaes (9-5, 1 NC) will make his return to the Octagon against dangerous finisher Igor Pokrajac (25-8) this September.
UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday.
The pair will meet at UFC 152 on September 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. In the main event, former two-time UFC welterweight champ B.J. Penn makes his return against fast-rising standout Rory MacDonald in a five-round affair. Additional bouts include Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann and Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez an a match to determine the promotion's first-ever flyweight champion.
In his first stint with the UFC, Magalhaes went 0-2 after making it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 8, suffering back-to-back losses to Ryan Bader and Eliot Marshall respectively. Since his exit from the UFC, however, the Xtreme Couture representative has put together a 7-1 run, including a current five-fight win streak. More impressively, all seven of his recent wins have come by way of stoppage, capturing the M-1 Global light heavyweight title in the process.
Pokrajac, meanwhile, is riding a streak of his own, having found success in his last three outings. In his most recent trip to the Octagon, the Croatian finisher earned a decision over fellow striker Fabio Maldonado which came just months after a 35-second knockout win over Krzysztof Soszynski. In 25 career victories, Pokrajac has only seen the judges' scorecards four times.
(Pictured: Vinny Magalhaes)
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Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
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