The promotion announced the change Monday evening in a post on
UFC.com which stated only that Pokrajac “suffered an injury that
forced him to cancel.” The Croatian fighter was himself a
replacement for Australian Anthony
Perosh, who withdrew from his bout with Soszynski due to injury
in early May.
The card for UFC 131, which airs on pay-per-view from Rogers Arena
in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has seen its fair share of
ailments. Most notably, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar
was once again stricken with diverticulitis, leaving original
opponent and “Ultimate Fighter 13” coaching rival Junior dos
Santos to square off against Shane Carwin
in Saturday’s main event.
Massenzio (Pictured) returns to the Octagon less than a year after
a 1-2 run saw him released by the UFC. The 28-year-old New Jersey
native submitted Drew
McFedries and was punched out by C.B.
Dollaway in late 2008 before missing 19 months with a knee
injury and staph infection.
Upon his return in August 2010, Massenzio was triangle-choked by
Stann late in the third round of UFC Live 2’s “Fight of the
Night.” The Team Bombsquad member has since fought once, notching a
second-round stoppage of Nate
Kittredge at an April 29 Combat Zone event in New Hampshire.