UFC 152: What We Learned from Igor Pokrajac vs Vinny Magalhaes

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UFC 152: What We Learned from Igor Pokrajac vs Vinny Magalhaes
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Vinny Magalhaes won his UFC return by doing what Vinny Magalhaes does best. At UFC 152, in a single, brilliant flourish, the Brazilian light heavyweight flipped Igor Pokrajac over his body to extend an armbar and elicit an immediate submission at 1:14 of the second round.

Magalhaes, 28, is now 10-5 (1) in MMA and 1-2 in the UFC. Pokrajac, 33, is now 25-9 and 4-4 in the UFC.

 

What we'll remember about this fight

The submission. If that doesn't win Submission of the Night, we'll see a Submission of the Year candidate tonight. We might have already.

 

What we learned about Pokrajac

Despite the ending, he resisted Magalhaes' ground maneuvers reasonably well, including an attempted armbar in the first. But Magalhaes never stopped, and Pokrajac didn't do well enough at staying out of vulnerable positions in the first place.

 

What we learned about Magalhaes

Looking back, it's hard to believe he was an underdog in this fight. He's not an underdog.

The recent M-1 champ was also very effective on the feet, particularly from the clinch. That's a big difference from his first stint in the Octagon.  

 

What's next for Pokrajac

Anthony Perosh in a battle of Croatians. Hold that one in Zagreb.

 

What's next for Magalhaes

James Te-Huna would provide a tasty little juxtaposition. Someone's getting messed up in that one.

 

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