Croatian veteran Igor
Pokrajac will step in for an injured Anthony
Perosh to fight Joey
Beltran in a light heavyweight showdown at
UFC on FX 6.
Perosh was forced to withdraw from the booking this week due to a
broken toe. UFC on FX 6 takes place Dec. 15 at Gold Coast
Convention Center in Gold Coast, Australia, but airs on Dec. 14 in
the United States due to the time difference. The event serves as
the live finale for “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. U.K.” and
will feature a coaches’ collision between George
Sotiropoulos and Ross
Pearson in the evening’s main event.
Pokrajac, 33, saw a three-fight winning streak halted in his last
in-cage appearance, as “The Duke” submitted to a Vinny
Magalhaes armbar on Sept. 22 at UFC 152. An eight-fight Octagon
veteran, the Croatian last year earned consecutive UFC victories
for the first time, finishing Todd Brown
Soszynski. Pokrajac then kicked off 2012 with a hard-fought
unanimous decision victory over heavy-handed Brazilian Fabio
Maldonado on May 15 at UFC on Fuel TV 3.
Three years younger than his foe, Beltran received his UFC release
this past January following consecutive heavyweight defeats, only
to return to the Octagon less than six months later at 205 pounds.
Known for his toughness and durability, the “Mexicutioner” took
Te Huna the distance in his promotional return at UFC on Fuel
TV 4, despite absorbing serious punishment in the early going.
Beltran holds a UFC record of 4-5 and owns 11 of his 14 career
victories by way of knockout.