by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday confirmed the return of Vladimir Matyushenko to the promotion, announcing a bout between the Belarusian and Croatian fighter Igor Pokrajac.
They will meet on the undercard of UFC 103 in Dallas, which features a main event pitting Rich Franklin against Vitor Belfort.
Maintaining a professional record of 22-4, Matyushenko last fought in the promotion at UFC 44, nearly six years ago. He has since fought in several promotions, most notably the International Fight League (IFL), where he went undefeated in six bouts, and Affliction, where he lost his only bout to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He has gone 9-1 since exiting the UFC.
His opponent, Pokrajac, has managed a professional record of 21-5. He is currently riding an eight-fight undefeated streak. Pokrajac is a training partner of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, who is also fighting at UFC 103.