As Pokrajac closes in on one of the most crucial fights of his professional career, he took the time to speak with FightCove.com for this edition of 7 Questions.
Mike Bohn: How are you liking Toronto so far?
Igor Pokrajac: I like Toronto a lot. I was here last December, I had I good time I was fighting Krzysztof Soszynski and you know it was – everybody ask me when I was going to come back to Toronto and I didn’t know to confirm it then and now Joe Silva ask me if I want to fight in Toronto on UFC 152 and I said ‘yes, of course’ and now I’m very glad to be here again.
Mike Bohn: Your bout (against Vinny Magalhes) is the top bout on the preliminary card, are you excited to be the featured bout on that portion of the card?
Igor Pokrajac: Yes it is the top bout, first I was on the main card and now because of Jon Jones versus Belfort I was pushed to the prelims on FX, but you know I can do nothing about that I just need to fight again and to do my best.
Mike Bohn: Does fighting on the preliminary card opposed to the main card that a difference to you?
Igor Pokrajac: Yeah of course it makes a difference, pay-per-view is the most, the biggest thing in UFC, fighting on pay-per-view, especially when the media is much bigger, the concentration is on you so, of course.
Mike Bohn: You’ve been on a good streak lately, three-straight wins. Before that you were kind of alternating losses and wins back and forth, what’s changed for you in these past three fights?
Igor Pokrajac: Nothing’s changed. I just grow as a fighter and I get a lot of experience and I had some injuries, I had some bad luck and I just train hard. For each fight I train hard whether it’s for a title shot or for nothing. Nothing’s changed for this fight also.
Mike Bohn: What do you think about this fight? Vinny’s been out of the UFC for a few years now.
Igor Pokrajac: Yeah he was for a few years out but he was fighting in small organizations like M-1 and he was competing on ADCC as he is the top level of grappling and BJJ fighter, so this is MMA and I have more experience in MMA so we’re going to see on Saturday night.
Mike Bohn: How do you think his game has changed since the last time he was in the UFC? He only had two fights and then got released.
Igor Pokrajac: I’ve seen his fights in M-1 and he don’t changed a lot, you know his skills are not set up as good as mine and on the ground he’s much better than all fighters, not just me he’s a top level jiu-jitsu fighter. But I don’t have to be afraid with him to go to the ground, I take him to the ground, I can be on my back, I can be on top of him so this is MMA and everything can happen.
Mike Bohn: Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Igor Pokrajac: Yes it’s going to be a tough fight, but I will beat him and I plan to knock him out as fast as I can.