Our coverage of UFC 161 continues with our recap of tonight’s PPV bout between Ryan Jimmo and Igor Pokrajac. Jimmo would get the victory over Pokrajac in a rather tepid affair tonight in Winnipeg.
Jimmo Controls Pokrajac
Ryan Jimmo would admit to nerves in this fight after losing a fight he was winning at UFC on FUEL TV 7 and it showed tonight. Jimmo fought a mostly conservative fight tonight in Canada, with a big shot in the second round being his most effective strike of the fight. Jimmo was hesitant to try too hard to finish after gassing against James Te Huna, and he elected to use top control to win the fight. The victory brings Jimmo to 2-1 in the UFC and drops Pokrajac to 4-5 (1 NC) in the Octagon.
Rd. 1- Pokrajac tries to seize control in the clinch but Jimmo gains control in the clinch. Knees by Jimmo in the clinch. Lavigne with a rather quick separation. Jimmo reverses a Pokrajac rush into a clinch and Lavigne again separates them. Jimmo with some kicks and punches. The Canadian telegraphs a right and Pokrajac ducks it for a takedown attempt that Jimmo stops. Lavigne again separates them in the clinch like this is a GLORY fight. Jimmo secures the clinch again and Pokrajac locks him up. Lavigne separates them. Jimmo with some legkicks. Pokrajac tries to clinch but a stiff left from Jimmo stuffs it. Big right by Pokrajac catches Jimmo moving back and Jimmo connects as well. MMAFrenzy has it 10-10 after the first round.
Rd. 2- Wicked right by Jimmo buckles Pokrajac, big shots by Jimmo as he tries to finish. Jimmo decides to take him down though. Elbows by Jimmo as Pokrajac controls posture and tries to work up. Pokrajac has a little fun mocking the corner as Jimmo isn’t really connecting so far. Jimmo finally lands some decent strikes but Pokrajac is doing a good job tying him up. Pokrajac switches his hips and digs for a kimura to sweep but Jimmo evades. Pokrajac with some offense from the bottom. Big upkick by Pokrajac but Jimmo recovers and transitions to side control. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Jimmo.
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves to start the round here. Jimmo using his karate stance to look for an opening. Nice trip by Pokrajac but Jimmo reverses him. Jimmo back in Pokrajac’s guard. Punches by Jimmo. Pokrajac locks up a guillotine against the cage and he has it for awhile before he’s forced to let it go. Pokrajac escapes to his feet. Lavigne separates them against the cage. Solid jab by Jimmo. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Jimmo and 30-28 victory in a listless fight.
Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)