Santiago Ponzinibbio
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Batters Neil Magny in Argentina
WelterweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Ponzinibbio defeated Neil Magny via KO (punch) at 2:36 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio rolled through Magny on this night, applying constant pressure and hurting his eye early with jabs. If that wasn't enough, he proceeded to break down his opponent's leg with kicks for four solid rounds, which hampered his movement tremendously and likely created the opening for the final blow. Ponzinibbio said after the fight that he would be open to getting in the cage with Kamaru Usman after a hand injury forced the Argentinian to pull out of their scheduled fight in May but he ultimately wants a shot at Tyron Woodley and the welterweight title. It will be hard to deny him much longer, as Ponzinibbio's professional MMA record now stands at 27-3. He is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, having suffered his last loss to Lorenz Larkin in 2015.
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Returns to face Neil Magny in Argentina
WelterweightUFC
August 23, 2018
Ponzinibbio (hand) will take on Neil Magny in the main event of UFC Buenos Aires on Nov. 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio was originally scheduled to headline UFC Chile against Kamaru Usman, but was ultimately forced to withdraw and undergo hand surgery. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as he would have been a large betting underdog against Usman, but he'll instead get to headline a card in his home country of Argentina. Ponzinibbio is riding a six-fight winning streak, and should enter as the betting favorite in this one, though the matchup is far from a landslide. Ponzinibbio owns the edge in striking volume and striking defense, though his 57 percent takedown defense could be an area of concern against Magny, who averages 2.83 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Expects two-month recovery timetable
WelterweightUFC
May 1, 2018
Ponzinibbio will undergo hand surgery May 9 and is expected to resume training two months after that, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio was scheduled to headline the May 19 card in Chile against Kamaru Usman, but was ultimately forced to withdraw due to a hand injury suffered in training. A victory over Mike Perry in his last fight boosted Ponzinibbio's winning streak to six, but the updated timetable suggests he'll have to wait until late-summer/early-fall to build on that.
To undergo surgery on left hand
WelterweightUFC
April 26, 2018
Ponzinibbio will undergo surgery on his injured left hand, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio was slated to headline UFC Chile against Kamaru Usman, but had to withdraw due to a hand injury that occurred during sparring. He attempted to train through it to fight, but ultimately made it worse, prompting a doctor to recommend surgery.
Out due to injury
WelterweightUFC
April 21, 2018
Ponzinibbio will not compete in the May 19 Chile main event due to a hand injury, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This comes as very disappointing news, as Ponzinibbio currently has a record of 26 wins and three losses. This would have been a very exciting match for the Chile main event, and a replacement has yet to be finalized.
Out of the Chile main event
WelterweightUFC
April 21, 2018
Ponzinibbio will not compete in the May 19 Chile main event vs. Kamaru Usman, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio's reason for pulling out of the match is currently unknown, and there has been no replacement finalized quite yet to take on Usman in his place. More on this will be posted when the information is released.