Santiago Ponzinibbio
Gente Boa


Injury Infection
Est. Return 8/1/2019
Returns home
June 19, 2019
Ponzinibbio was cleared from the hospital on Tuesday, but he does not have a timetable to resume fighting, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Ponzinibbio required two stints in the hospital this month to treat a situation that primarily involved a bacterial infection in his knee that required emergency surgery. Only time will tell when the 32-year-old, who's riding a seven-match win streak, will return to the Octagon.
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Recovering from bacterial infection
June 4, 2019
Ponzinibbio underwent emergency surgery to address a bacterial infection and he is currently in recovery, Steven Marracco of reports.
Ponzinibbio was in the hospital for a week, and he doesn't have a timetable for his return to fighting. He's won his past seven UFC bouts.
Batters Neil Magny in Argentina
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.
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.
Returns to face Neil Magny in Argentina
August 23, 2018
Ponzinibbio (hand) will take on Neil Magny in the main event of UFC Buenos Aires on Nov. 17, reports.
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
May 1, 2018
Ponzinibbio will undergo hand surgery May 9 and is expected to resume training two months after that, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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
April 26, 2018
Ponzinibbio will undergo surgery on his injured left hand, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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.