Igor Pokrajac VS Jan Blachowicz - Light Heavyweight Bout - UFC Fight Night 86

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Light Heavyweight Bout - UFC Fight Night 86

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ZAGREB, Croatia – Igor Pokrajac did his best to turn it into a brawl, and at times Jan Blachowiczalmost accommodated him.

But amid the furious punching exchanges, Blachowicz (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) retained enough good sense to halt the momentum of Pokrajac (25-12 MMA, 4-8 UFC) with a few well-timed takedowns, which in the end helped him to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 29-28 from all three judges.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of today’s UFC Fight Night 86 main card at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Pokrajac, who returned to the UFC for the first time since 2014, seemed intent on delivering a slobberknocker for the Croatian fans. In the early going he showed little interest in protecting his face, opting instead to come charging in at Blachowicz, even if it meant eating a few punches for the chance to land some of his own.

Pokrajac soon found himself rocked by blows from Blachowicz, but as he reeled backward and Blachowicz followed him in, it only gave Pokrajac the opening he needed to fight a gritty battle in close. He covered up, took his punishment where he had to, but then gave some back.

The problem for Pokrajac was that whenever he got a head of steam in the striking exchanges, Blachowicz brought a swift halt to it with takedowns. As the fight wore on, Blachowicz took fewer risks from the top position, opting instead to stay in control and wear Pokrajac down, much to the dismay of Pokrajac’s hometown crowd.

In the end, those takedowns and the damage done on the feet early on swung the fight in Blachowicz’s favor. Pokrajac may have succeeded in making the fight an entertaining one, but that style did not lend itself to strategical brilliance – or victory.

“I knew for sure that I won two of the three rounds,” Blachowicz said. “Maybe the first round was a draw, or maybe he won it, but I knew I won the other rounds. I had to be smart in this fight because I lost my last two fights. He was a tough opponent, but I had no option. I had to win this fight because you never know what can happen.”

The win for Blachowicz snaps a two-fight losing streak. Pokrajac’s loss brings a halt to what had been a three-fight winning streak outside the UFC.

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