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UFC on Versus 2: James Irvin vs Igor Pokrajac set for Salt Lake City


It's one and done for James Irvin at middleweight.

After dropping down to 185 to take on Alessio Sakara at UFC on Versus 1 in which "The Sandman" looked like a shell of his former self, Irvin has rethought his career path and moved back up to light heavyweight.

The match up between Irvin and Igor Pokrajac was confirmed by MMA Weekly earlier today.

Prior to his loss against Sakara back in March, James had battled numerous injuries, a suspension due to drug use, and a self-admitted addiction to prescription pain medicine keeping him out of action for nearly two years.

Having gone just 2-3 in his last five contests, Irvin is hoping a move back to his natural weight class can rejuvenate his MMA career.


Pokrajac (21-7) will be looking to get his first win inside the Octagon when he takes on Irvin in August.

The Croation wrestler made his debut at UFC 103 where he lost a unanimous decision to Vladimir Matyushenko. At UFC 110 earlier this year, Igor was finished by James Te-Huna via technical knockout due to strikes in the final frame.

The 31-year old will need a win here or he could be looking at strike three.

UFC on Versus 2 is expected to feature contests between Jon Jones and Vladimir Matyushenko as well as Takanori Gomi and Joe Stevenson.

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