Santiago Ponzinibbio
Gente Boa

Argentina

Ready to return to Octagon
WelterweightUFC
March 23, 2020
Ponzinibbio (27-3-0) said earlier this month that he feels healthy and ready to resume his MMA career, Danny Segura of USA Today reports. "I had an injury that put the breaks on my career," said Ponzinibbio, whose last UFC fight came in November 2018. "I was doing well and I was close to a world title, but I'm now recovered and really happy I'm now able to return to the Octagon and now I'm looking for a big fight to make that return."
ANALYSIS
Since defeating Neil Magny in the main event at UFC Buenos Aires nearly a year and a half ago, Ponzinibbio has been sidelined due to a staph infection that first surfaced last summer and resulted in him withdrawing from a welterweight matchup in December with Robbie Lawler. With the 33-year-old apparently in the clear now on the health front, he'll attempt to return to competition in the near future, with his next fight coming as early as June. Before his prolonged shutdown, Ponzinibbio was riding a seven-fight win streak.
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Out until 2020
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December 22, 2019
Ponzinibbio was removed from the UFC rankings Sunday due to inactivity caused by an unspecified injury the 33-year-old fighter is dealing with, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Ponzinibbio was supposed to fight Robbie Lawler in a welterweight bout at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14 but the match never ended up taking place. It is unclear what sort of injury is hindering the Argentinian fighter but a return to the Octagon is expected to happen in 2020.
To fight Lawler on Dec. 14
WelterweightUFC
September 16, 2019
Ponzinibbio is slated to fight Robbie Lawler in a welterweight matchup at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though not reportedly official just yet, the rising, up-and-coming contender appears to be on his way to Las Vegas in a showdown with former UFC Champion. It will be the first fight for Ponzinibbio, who currently holds a super 9-2 UFC record, since he was hospitalized last summer due to a bacterial infection. Ponzinibbio's most recent battle included a victory over Neil Magny via KO (punch) at UFC Fight Night 140 in Argentina on Nov. 2018, which extended his winning streak to seven. He's typically been a very fantasy-friendly fighter, with five stoppages on his record and performance bonuses in two of his last three appearances. While he sports an edge in striking volume compared to Lawler, the future UFC champion will be one of his toughest tests to date. A win here for Ponzinibbio would show UFC brass he's ready for the best the welterweight division has to offer.
Returns home
WelterweightUFC
June 19, 2019
Ponzinibbio was cleared from the hospital on Tuesday, but he does not have a timetable to resume fighting, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Recovering from bacterial infection
WelterweightUFC
June 4, 2019
Ponzinibbio underwent emergency surgery to address a bacterial infection and he is currently in recovery, Steven Marracco of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
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.