UFC 131: Krzysztof Soszynski vs Mike Massenzio booked for June 11 with Igor Pokrajac hurt

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Let's try this again.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) yesterday confirmed that popular light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski is now fighting Mike Massenzio at UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" on June 11 in Vancouver.

That's because Igor Pokrajac, himself a replacement for the sidelined Anthony Perosh, was also forced to withdraw from the Canadian card after suffering a bite from the injury bug.

Fortunately Massenzio (12-4), who was bounced from the promotion following a submission loss to Brian Stann last August, was still in fight shape following his April 29 win over Nate Kittredge at CZ 37: "Kicking It at the Rock" in Salem, New Hampshire.

While the New Jersey native typically competes at 185-pounds, he's agreed to fight "K-Sos" at light heavyweight which if nothing else, should make weighing in a piece of cake.

Soszynski (25-11-1) will enter the fight on the heels of his unanimous decision victory over Goran Reljic at UFC 122: "Marquardt vs. Okami" back on Nov. 22, 2010.

That win came after two somewhat shaky performances against Stephan Bonnar, one of which "The Polish Experiment" won by way of cut due to an accidental headbutt. In the rematch, "The American Psycho" took it to the Ultimate Fighter vet, finishing him in the second round.

Winning "Fight of the Night" may have softened the blow, but it was his second loss in three fights. He righted the ship a bit with the Reljic win, which sent the Croatian straight to the unemployment line, but is he ready to make a push to contendership in the crowded 205-pound division?

It's not outrageous to call this a "must win" situation.

UFC 131 will feature former UFC heavyweight number one contender Shane Carwin, filling in for an injured Brock Lesnar, as he tries to eliminate The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 coach Junior dos Santos from the division title chase.

The winner is expected to face reigning champion Cain Velasquez later this year.

For the current UFC 131 fight card and line-up click here.

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