Igor Pokrajac Replaces Brandon Vera May 15th Against Thiago Silva

By: Mike Thorwart
Photo: UFC

The UFC recently confirmed that Igor Pokrajac will replace the injured Brandon Vera against Thiago Silva at UFC on FX 3, May 15th in Fairfax, VA.

Earlier in the month, the UFC announced the rematch between Brandon Vera (12-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) but due to an injury, Vera would not be ready in time for that fight to take place.

In steps Igor Pokrajac (24-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) who is coming off of a 35 second KO victory over Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 140.

Pokrajac, who is coming into this fight with a UFC record of 3-3 will be looking to propel himself up the ranks in the light heavyweight division with a win over one of the higher ranked fighters at 205. Silva who is 5-2 in the UFC has only lost to two former champions (Lyoto Machida & Rashad Evans who will be fighting once again for the title at UFC 145) will be looking to make a statement as to still being a force to be dealt with at light heavyweight. But with the year lay off for Silva play a part?

In March of 2011, Silva was served with a formal NSAC complaint after two urinalysis test’s revealed a substance that was “inconsistent with human urine,” which indicated that he “submitted an adulterated and/or substituted specimen for testing for the urinalysis.” Silva’s first test was flagged, which prompted further testing by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Silva had admitted to what he had done.

Silva was fined $13,750 of his $55,000 show purse and $20,000 of his $55,000 win purse which totals $33,750.

Vera was released from the UFC following that fight but was brought back into the company when it was found out that Silva has failed his drug test.

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